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We have been getting glimpses of the recently submitted “Mueller Report.” Those favoring President Trump and those opposing him have sought to leverage the report for their political agendas.
All sides in the national debate maintain that there have been ethical improprieties, whether on the part of the White House and its key allies, or the President’s opponents, whom he claims seek to smear him.
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It got me to thinking about divine judgment. There is something within each of us that longs for justice and judgment that rights wrongs and brings equitable closure. Our courts and departments of justice were established to maintain order and right wrongs, though many will debate their fairness and effectiveness.
Many will also debate concepts of deity and how fair and effective the gods are in their judgments on humanity. Such differences of opinion extend to the God of the Bible. Here are some brief reflections on what biblical justice assumes about God’s character:
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First, God is not partisan, but objective in judgment. The Bible teaches that “God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34; cf. Romans 2:11-16). In other words, God does not play favorites. While God chooses and elects people and nations, judgment starts in God’s own house among God’s people (1 Peter 4:17).
Second, God is not blind, but sees all. The Book of Common Prayer so eloquently makes this point: “Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid.” It is little wonder that the prayer continues on with these words: “Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord.” Anyone who truly realizes that God searches our hearts and uncovers all secrets would desire for God...
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