Word Of The Week: Judgment

Accountability for what we do is something all humans must accept. We may fancy ourselves to be independent and self-determining, but experience will teach us that our free will always is accountable to someone -- parents, teachers, police, coaches, etc. Absolute independence is an illusion that undermines authority, and authority is crucial to a fulfilling and orderly life.

While some may joke about the notion of a judgment day, many of us have some sense in the back of our minds that such a day is coming. Indeed, the Bible clearly teaches this is so: “He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteous-ness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31).

Paul speaks of the coming of Jesus “who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts” (I Cor. 4:5). If we are ashamed when men find out about our secret faults, what will it be like to stand before the Lord totally exposed?

But there is hope, and in a word it is forgiveness. And this forgiveness is in a viable, vibrant relationship with Christ. This is the only hope of surviving judgment.