Monday, May 11, 2009

“You Wanna Talk About Real Global Warming?”

“God will send fiery coals and flaming sulfur down on the wicked, and they will drink nothing but a scorching wind.” (Psalm 11:6, Contemporary English Version).

It is only a matter of time until God will answer the arrogant foolishness of the God-haters. He will "rain fiery coals and flaming sulphur" down upon them.

Whether the language is literal or poetic – the fact is nevertheless undeniable: you do not want to be on the wrong side when God goes to war against the wickedness that is ruining our world.

Before the children's encounter with Aslan in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Susan, who is always a bit too concerned with her own well-being, asks Mr. Beaver whether Aslan is safe. "'Course he isn't safe," the Beaver replies. "But he's good."

This much we do know about God – He is Good, and He is Just. His Justice will not linger indefinitely in the face of dark defiance. While His love prolongs His patience, it will be His love that also unleashes His wrath. Love for those who are being oppressed by the deeds of wicked people, and wrath against those who do the wicked deeds.

Later in C. S. Lewis’ narrative we get the famous line, “People who have not been in Narnia sometimes think that a thing cannot be good and terrible at the same time.”

Moses prepared the children of Israel to enter in the Promise Land, which was filled with many fearful challenges. “Thou shalt not be frightened at them,” he said, “for the LORD thy God is among you, a mighty God -- and terrible.” (Deu 7:21).

A Day is coming when the wicked will meet this Mighty and Terrible God. Though they fair well and dine sumptuously at the expense of others, their portion in the Day of God’s Justice will be “nothing but a scorching wind.” The Message puts it this way – “He tests the good and the bad alike; if anyone cheats, God's outraged. Fail the test and you're out, out in a hail of firestones, drinking from a canteen filled with hot desert wind.”

Just ask the ghosts of Sodom and Gomorrah, or the bleached bones of those who once occupied ancient Nineveh. You might also want to have a chat with old Pharaoh and get his take on the Ten Plagues that devastated mighty Egypt.

But, for now, God’s weapons are lowered and His arms are open. He will embrace the penitent, lift up the lowly, forgive the sinner, heal the diseased, deliver the tormented and convert the wicked – if they will but turn and trust Him.

Why not settle this for yourself once and for all? Be done with ungodly living and shameful dealings; come to the Light and walk in friendship with the Almighty. It will go well with you in the day when “global warming” really heats up!

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