Published July 8, 2014

Paul's Epistle...

What does God look like?

Scripture tells us He "dwells in unapproachable light." He's often visualized as wearing long white robes. We really don't know, of course, because no one has seen God the Father.*

Or, wait... Does God actually wear a long black robe and sit behind a bench with a gavel in His hand?

Today, in America, that's apparently the case. Or, at least, that's what many people seem to think. Judges, it appears, have taken the place of God in our society. In fact, they have frequently – and increasingly – overruled God.

God clearly and unequivocally says homosexuality is an abomination. "Overruled" shout the judges, who've conferred special civil rights status on homosexuals at the behest of the government and have granted such people special protected status and standing.

God says marriage is between one man and one woman. "Overruled" shout the judges, who, in many states, have recently struck down laws and even state constitutional amendments clearly approved by the voters defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

God says we can pray anywhere, anytime. "Overruled!" shout the judges, who've outlawed the practice in many schools and public places under the fictitious "separation of church and state" principle (wording which appears nowhere in this nation's official founding documents).

God says the taking of human life (as in abortion) is sin. "Overruled!" shouted the U. S. Supreme Court, which made most abortion legal in the USA in Roe v. Wade. (All of the judges from that court are now deceased – and are undoubtedly painfully aware of their error.)

Even church courts have recently been overruling God. One recently reinstated a Methodist pastor in Pennsylvania who had been defrocked because he officiated at a same-sex wedding ceremony, contrary to church law. It's still contrary to Methodist doctrine. But, it seems, who cares? There's a long list of denominations now even affirming gay clergy. How can the people know God's will if even church leaders ignore or contradict it so casually, so willingly? The church has gone politically correct and doctrinally wrong. Man's sinful will, not God's perfect will, is increasingly in political favor these days.

In striking down Pennsylvania's legal definition of marriage as "one man and one woman," Judge John Jones III praised as "courageous" those who asked him to overturn what God calls "marriage."  Wow.  That's Proverbs 28:4 – "Those who forsake the law praise the wicked..."

Scripture tells us God made man in His image. But, since sin entered the world, man has been busy remaking God in mankind's own image. After all, Satan promised Eve that if she would defy God and eat the forbidden fruit, "you will be like God" (Gen. 3:4). The fundamental nature of sin is putting one's self and one's own desires ahead of those of God. Defying God, mankind "exchanged the truth of God for the lie" and worships the creation rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25). They defy God and deify man. And those who do so are, unfortunately, more enthusiastically "evangelistic" in promoting their viewpoints than are most Bible-believing Christians in calling people to Godly living. We clearly see the results of that in our culture.

What can we do about all this? Well, obviously, we should individually do whatever we can to stand up for what is right. We should pass up no opportunity to share what God says in His Holy Word about such issues — and do it in a loving manner. Not easy. But it's more important than ever.

But what we're seeing in our country today – cheered on and led by anti-Christ government misleaders – is a mess so bad that, ultimately, only God will be able to correct it. And, of course, He will.

And that should send a chill down the spine of every anti-God judge. As Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission puts it, "God is no respecter of persons. All mankind, including judges, will account to Him and be judged impartially by the same unchanging standard – His eternal, moral law."

The U. S. Declaration of Independence, which we celebrate each 4th of July, actually refers to God as the "Supreme Judge of the World," appealing to Him "with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence..." How times have changed. But one day, that Supreme Judge of the World will face every earthly judge who has ever ruled against His eternal statutes. And the Lord will deliver His final verdict – from which there can be no appeal: "Overruled!"

- Paul

*John 1:18; 1 Timothy 6:16

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