Faith Baptist Church
4258 Botetourt Road
Fincastle, Virginia 24090
It has been said by many that the reason they do not go to God for salvation; or obey him, is because they have an ax to grind with God. According to some, God has not met their standards of righteousness. God as they perceive apparently allows sinful men to perpetrate bad things on the innocent. In essence they are saying God does not stop sin as he should. His handling of the affairs of men is unsatisfactory to those who judge him. Apparently men want God to stop sins before they take place. Men want God to control what they cannot control, i.e. the sins of others. And to them if he will not do this he is of no use to them. They ignore the Bible. They make fun of believers for foolishly serving, what they call a vacant heaven, and a deaf God; if he really does exist.
They are bitter and resentful for God allowing so much suffering to happen on the earth. God gets the blame for the fall of man, and the conditions of disease, poverty and hunger. They blame God for allowing ruthless dictators and oppressors to continue to rule.
I have spoken, as I am sure you have, to such people, and most cannot wait for you to stop speaking favorably of our heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ.
God’s wrath is too slow for these folks, so they dismiss God, or they criticize him.
But when was the last time these judges of God wanted him to stop them before they sinned their sins? When was the last time they wanted God to be long-suffering toward their transgressions? And when was the last time they wanted God to just look the other way when they were up to no good, both mentally and outwardly?
James 1:13-14 “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man. But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”
James goes on to say that it is not God who mistreats the poor, but it is the personal greed of the rich of this world that despise the poor... “Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? Jm.2:6
James also says, “From where come wars and fightings among you? Come they not here, even of your lusts that war in your members?” Jm.4:1
When we see the horrific sins others commit we must take stock in our own lives, for the sin nature demonstrated in that person is no more condemned than ours. We do not condone nor do we dismiss their sins. Christ died for the sinner of the worst sins as well as the least of sins.
“About seventy-five years after our nation began, U.S. Congressman Robert Charles Winthrop, descendent of the great Puritan leader John Winthrop, made a classic speech at the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Bible Society in Boston, reflecting the idea that we must be self-governed (through Judeo-Christian morality) or we will be governed by tyrants. He declared:
All societies of men must be governed in some way or other. The less they have stringent State Government, the more they must have of individual self-government. The less they rely on public law or physical force, the more they must rely on private moral restraint. Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them, or a power without them; either by the word of God, or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.” (D. James Kennedy, p.61 What If America Were A Christian Nation Again?)
With this in mind we must inspect Rom.13:1-7 where we see God has ordained that men should, and must govern in such a way as to protect its citizens from wrongdoers, at all levels. Perpetrators of crimes must be punished accordingly. This is man’s responsibility, and if our law makers and law enforcers and judges will not do their jobs of keeping the peace and protecting its citizens, then man has failed, but not God. God is not to blame when a parent refuses to discipline his or her child for misbehavior, and that child grows up with a criminal bent that has not been biblically curbed by the board of correction. If more young people learned what “no” means there would be less crime committed. Everyone who commits crimes has a mother and a father who raised them.
Today children can talk their way out of being corrected. They learn early how to bargain and manipulate and control their immediate environment. They have their parents eating out of their hands like a pet.
When children are being corrected by their authority figures for wrong doing, both at home and in the public arena, those authority figures must stick to their positions. However, many times children psychologically work on these authority figures with the hopes of creating a guilt complex on their parents, teachers and so forth by [pouting, sulking, grumbling, slamming doors, not speaking and so on] so as to escape from their personal responsibilities toward their fellow man. How is it that we can blame God for this?
If more crimes were swiftly and judicially handled fewer criminals would be on the streets. They would still be in jail, or for the worst offenders they would be executed for their crimes. When criminals feel they can get away with their crimes with less punishment than they inflict upon their victims they are less inclined to respect the rights and property of their victims.
Now as far as global natural disasters go, men often wonder where God is when destructive killing earthquakes, and tsunamis and tornadoes and flooding happen.
For this answer we must understand that the whole earth is under the curse of the sins of mankind, “For the creation was made subject to vanity, not willingly but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, because the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” Rom.8:20-22.
Before we judge God we had better take a closer look at our own sins.
The greatest flaw in men who judge God foolishly is that they see their goodness within the same parameters as that of God’s goodness. Men see that they are right in becoming indignant with the sins of evil men and that they at least attempt to stop sin. Whereas they look at God as being absent and not doing his part. They judge God as if they are righteous enough to judge him. Some even suppose they are more righteous than God.
Of all the wonderful things God does for us we should be thankful every day. I think it is time for those of us who complain against God to eat our own words. We are our own worst enemy, and there are times when we truly know God is the only friend we have.