People can be found around the world shaking a metaphorical and sometimes literal fist at the heavens and yelling, “Why don’t you do something?” God’s reply, “Why don’t you?”
I saw a film last weekend called “Law Abiding Citizen.” I’m sure many have seen the previews so I won’t be giving anything away when I share something that I found extremely thought-provoking. A character in the film makes the following inquisitive comment referring to another character, “We have him locked up and he’s still killing people?”
Judgment is the word that immediately popped into my head when I heard this line. Why do bad things happen to people, not just good people? Judgment is in the earth.
The situation is this: when God created the earth He put it into man’s hands. He gave humans dominion over the entire Earth. It’s in Genesis 1 – you can read it for yourself. Adam and Eve proceeded to sin in the Garden of Eden by eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They compounded that sin by not repenting; instead they played the blame game. When they disobeyed God three things happened simultaneously; they relinquished control of the earth to the devil (Yes people, he does exist.), sin entered into the world, and it brought judgment with it.
People call it by many names today: karma, fate, whatever – it’s judgment.
Back to the condition of the earth: Years and years go by with people sinning and doing any and everything they can imagine. Judgment comes because it’s a spiritual law that sin must be punished, but judgment is a force that has to be controlled with precision, and with no one controlling it not only is the sinner killed or harmed, but his whole family is destroyed. Maybe his neighbors get harmed in some way or the farm that he is working on goes through draught and famine and so no crops are produced, and those who he provides food for starve. Why? No one is taking control of the force of judgment. Why? They are deceived, they think that there’s nothing they can do so they say, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.”
God is blamed for something that man had control over but tossed away.
God then sends Jesus to the earth to take all the sin of the world past, present, and future and receive the judgment for it. Jesus operates on the earth as fully God and fully man, undoing the works of sin and judgment – healing people of diseases, raising them from the dead, showing mankind the power that God has given them to perform good works. Jesus dies on the cross, goes to hell, and defeats the devil – strips him of any and all power that he had to deceive and destroy, rises on the third day and visibly hands that power for rulership and dominion back to man in the form of the Holy Ghost.
What do we do with it? We say, “Isn’t that wonderful, when Jesus comes back we can really get something done with this earth.” We sit our authority back on the shelf and wait for God to change something that He has already given us the authority to change.
We have another idiom, “Evil prevails when good men do nothing.” That’s exactly what happens. People are doing nothing to stop the evil, they’re playing the blame game again, but this time they clearly point the finger at God.
So the cycle continues. People sin and judgment comes. Judgment is such a force that not only does it affect the sinner, it affects all those around him or connected to him unless, we stand up and take the authority Jesus gave us. We can’t just pray and plead the blood over our own family members; we have to pray for our communities, our cities, our nation. We have to take action against the violence perpetrated against our youth and elders by taking a stand against the works of evil we see happening everyday. If we see someone stealing in a store, or someone getting beat up in the streets – we can’t just turn our backs and say why did God let this happen? God had nothing to do with it. Why are we letting evil prevail and judgment come for everything that’s standing in its path?
God isn’t the indifferent one – it’s people. Shaking our heads and crying and blaming others is not going to change anything. It just allows another child to get beat up or shot at the next day.