Is God Just?

“You could not possibly do such a thing: to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. You could not possibly do that! Won’t the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” Genesis 18:25 HCSB

We now live in a world that seems to be just as evil and wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah. Our country recently legalized same-sex marriage. Homosexuality was rampant in Sodom and Gomorrah in Abraham’s day. The term “sodomy” is used to refer to sexual intimacy between two men, whether consensual or forced. Clearly, homosexuality was part of why God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. The men of Sodom and Gomorrah wanted to perform homosexual gang rape on the two angels (who were disguised as men) who had come to visit Lot and warn him of the pending destruction. At the same time, it is not Biblical to say that homosexuality was the exclusive reason why God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Ezekiel 16:49-50 declares, “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.”

In this verse Abraham questioned God’s mercy and justice. Was God being fair to destroy the innocent with the guilty? On the contrary, God is always fair and just. He was willing to spare the cities if only 10 righteous people were found. He showed great mercy toward Lot and his family making it possible for them to escape the city and the coming destruction. Obviously, Lot was the most righteous person in the city, but even the most godly person is a sinner and deserves God’s judgment.

Challenge: Pray for our country. I have heard it said that if things get much worse in our country that God will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. When you feel God is being unfair, be thankful that He does not direct His judgment and justice toward us in the same way He did toward Sodom and Gomorrah.

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