Today’s word for August 2, 2011

But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless.
Psalm 10:14

One of the arguments of those who believe that God exists but has kept himself aloof of his creation (the so-called theistic position) is the level of violence and oppression observed in the world today. Violence and oppression are not new, there has always been much of them everywhere. We do not realize this fact because our selective memory makes us think the past was better and that’s simply not true. Since the world began and particularly since the fall of man, violence has not ceased to reign everywhere. Its partner, oppression, is the signature of all the empires and powers that have tried to control the destiny of the world or at least their own. Violence and oppression are normally exercised over the weak, those who are unable to fend off the vicious attacks hurled at them. But the violent and the oppressor will have to give account of their evil deeds before God’s throne. The proof and the evidence against them will be so overwhelming that they will have no way to make a defense to the charges that are registered in the books that will be opened  at the day of reckoning.

All of us have committed oppression and violence against someone once or several times in our lives. However, for those of us who have believed in Christ and have placed our hopes in his redemptive work at Calvary, all our faults recorded in the books of the judgement will be detached from our names because they will appear as been already settled in the Book of Lamb of God. When searching for the list of our crimes, they will only find white pages . But the wicked will have their pages completely covered by their evil deeds, for which they thought nobody would call them to account. Let us leave the application of justice where it belongs and let us concentrate on seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and everything else we will be added unto us. To God alone be the glory!

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