Our view of judgment depends on which side we stand

dread-judgmentJudgment is a heavy word, especially if I’m the object of scrutiny. What I think I deserve, and what an independent, objective judge dishes out are miles apart.

But if a loved one of mine has been killed, or if my house has been broken into, or a business has cheated me, suddenly judgment is something I want to see occur.

Our view of judgment depends on which side we sit, whether we are victim or defendant.

The day of final judgment, when all mankind will be assembled before the great, objective Judge of all the earth, will cause many to mourn. For others, it will be a day of welcome and reunion.

It depends on which side we stand.

The difference between dread and joy on judgment day is the difference between following the Christ in the will of God and following one’s own way, be it religious or secular.

The difference is in finding mercy by the sacrifice of God’s son or finding condemnation for our sins.

At last the champion’s wreath that is awarded for righteousness is waiting for me. The Lord, who is the righteous judge, is going to give it to me on that day. He’s giving it not only to me but also to all those who have set their heart on waiting for his appearance, 2Tm 4.8 CEB.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

What do you think?