The left has a strong desire for justice, but it's often misplaced. The problem isn't their desire for righteousness and morality per se, but rather in basing those things on a belief system that comes from man rather than God. And in doing so, they fail to realize that they themselves are running afoul of the only One who is truly righteous and just, that being God Himself.
Consider racism, a hot-button topic if ever there was one. Although most to the left of center are quick to scream "don't judge" and "just love everyone," these axioms stop at the door of racism. To them, racism is one of a few "unforgivable sins," and perhaps the unforgivable sin. While me may quibble over the definition of the term "racism," one thing we can all agree on is that any form of racism is evil. So let's start there.
Put a "loving" liberal to the test, and ask them if they think unrepentant racists should be forgiven by society -- or whether such a person be punished to the fullest extent of the law, perhaps even including imprisonment, murder, or execution? While individual liberals and leftists may disagree on the exact nature of the proper punishment, most would agree that there must be some punishment for racism. In their worldview, this particular sin simply cannot be forgiven.
Now let's take that one step further. Imagine that society passed an actual law making it illegal to be racist, even in your thoughts and words, and even if you were otherwise non-violent. The left would celebrate, and perhaps rightly so.
But what would happen if a racist was dragged before a judge, the record of guilt was both established and unassailable, and then the judge looked at the racist defendant, smacked his gavel, and declared loudly . . .
The godless left would be outraged! They would be up in arms! Cities would burn! How dare that judge do that! That judge was the most dishonest and unjust judge in the world! He should be impeached! He should be removed from power! He should lose all authority! In fact, he should die! The very judge who we trusted to be fair and neutral and good is, in fact, evil and dishonest himself!
And where would that leave us as a society?
Well, you see, all of those emotions you just felt about the judge would also apply to God Himself if He, as the Judge of all the Earth, failed to do right. Those same emotions and conclusions would apply to God if He were to decree that a guilty person was, in fact, innocent. The very God who we almost all agree will judge us one day, and who we count on to judge us fairly and righteously and honestly, would Himself be found to be dishonest and unjust and perhaps even evil Himself. Such a God would certainly be unworthy to judge us, let alone to rule over us in any capacity whatsoever.
Thankfully, God is none of those things. God is neither dishonest, nor unjust, and certainly not evil. Quite to the contrary, God is good, and fair, and just, and cannot lie. And so, God cannot look at a guilty sinner and declare that person to be righteous and just. God cannot declare such a person to be "Not guilty" without there being an outcry for divine justice, and without God violating His own character. As a result, God must declare a guilty sinner to be exactly what He is: A guilty sinner. And guilty sinners must be punished. Divine justice requires it. And so, not only will all people die once in this life (unless we see the rapture in our day), but guilty sinners must also die a second time when they are cast into the lake of fire and brimstone for eternity, surrounded by a fire that never goes out, and cut off from all that is good and just and honest and true.
Now, some of you -- many of you, perhaps -- may think "Good, that's what those racists deserve!" Moreover, you may think that you're off the hook because you're not a racist. (And I'm willing to assume for now that you're not.) But I also ask you, what about murder, or sexual assault, or animal abuse? The same general logic from above applies here as well. While individual liberals and leftists may disagree on the exact nature of the proper punishment, most would agree that there must be some punishment for these offenses. In their worldview, these particular sins simply cannot be forgiven.
But again, many of you may say, wait a minute -- I've never killed anyone, or raped anyone, or abused an animal! According to the ways of man, perhaps not. But what about the divine standards of God? After all, "only God can judge us," right? So let's consider what Jesus had to say about murder:
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.”
~ Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:21-22)
Then, let's fast forward a few decades and consider the words of John the Apostle, the man who God used to write about Biblical love perhaps more than all of the other Biblical writers combined:
“Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”
~ John the Apostle (1 John 3:15)
And on the topic of sexual offenses, consider Jesus' words here as well:
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
~ Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:27-28)
And so now that the Judge of all the Earth has spoken, let me ask: Have you ever been angry at someone without a cause? Did you ever hate anyone, for any reason whatsoever, including because they were racist? Have you ever looked at a woman (other than your wife) with lust in your heart? If any of these things are true in your life, then congratulations, you yourself are a murder. Or an adulterer. Or perhaps, and quite likely, both. And by similar logic, if you've ever coveted anything that didn't belong to you, you're both a thief and an idolater in the eyes of God.
Sweating yet? You should be. Only God can judge you -- and what I've described above are the standards of the One True God who will, in fact, do just that.
To my friends who reject Christ, you yourself are no better than the very people you hate and despise so deeply -- and that's true regardless of which side of the political aisle you're on. The political left would cry out for racists and murders and animal abusers to be punished by any judge who is fair and righteous. The political right would cry out for the same with respect to those who hate America and are trying to destroy her. In both cases, your strong sense of justice is sincere, but yet misplaced: unless you've received an assurance of forgiveness from Christ, then please know that you too must be punished when you stand before the Holy and Living God.
And therein lies the problem for mankind, because this line of reasoning doesn't just apply to the specific sins mentioned above. This line of reasoning applies to all sins. For truly, whoever breaks even one portion of God's divine law, it's as if they have broken it all. (James 2:10; Galatians 3:10; Deuteronomy 27:26) And to be clear, we've all fallen short of God's perfect standard, and we all have sin on our divine record.
But, therein was the problem for God: For God still loves His creation, and does not wish that any should perish, even as we wander through a lifetime of unrelenting rebellion against our Maker. And this is where the love of the God and the mercy of God come in to the picture. Rather than requiring us to be punished for our own sins, He took that punishment on the Cross for those who put their faith and trust in Him and in Him alone. He took the punishment that we all deserve. He paid the penalty for our sins, or more specifically, for the sins of those who put down their rebellion and put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. In the words that perhaps sum up the Gospel better than any others, these actions allowed God to be both "just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus." (Romans 3:26) And so you see, by His stripes we are healed, and by His blood we are forgiven.
But be warned again: Absent the forgiveness that can only be found in Christ, when you stand before the God who can and will judge you, you will be found every bit as guilty as the racists and fascists and other people that you find to be so evil in this life. And for the non-Believers on the right, the last sentence extends to the antifascists and Globalists and terrorists that you likewise find evil.
What's even worse is that, apart from Christ, you will be confined for eternity to the same hell as them.
And so in closing, I ask: Is that the eternal destiny that you desire, or are you willing to repent and believe the Gospel while you still can? For while God is patient, His offer of mercy and forgiveness in exchange for ceasing your rebellion against Him and His ways ends upon your first death.
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"For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God." (Acts 20:27)