This Chicago Tribune story, Avoiding wrath of God – we’ll put it to a vote, by Rex W. Huppke, frustrated me. I’m not sure if I’m more aggravated with the snarky put down of anyone who would believe such a foolish thing as the wrath of God or the fact that Christians often say and do things that beg for a sardonic response.
Karen Miller, a county commissioner in Tennessee, proposed a resolution stating that judicial tyranny was forcing Christians to violate their consciences and asking that God skip over her county in his coming wrath. “We adopt this resolution before God that he Pass us by in His Coming Wrath and not destroy our County as He did Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities.”
Apparently, Huppke couldn’t resist Miller’s resolution combined with the predicted end of the world on October 7, 2015 (I totally missed that forecast), and a quote from the Tennessee governor’s Facebook page urging Christians to get a handgun because: “Our enemies are armed. We must do likewise.”
Wow. Put yourself in the shoes of someone who is not a Christian, or who is a Christian but has never read or understood the Bible, and ask yourself what your reaction would be to those positions. I have to say that they look a little strange.
Is it right for a county commissioner to submit a public resolution to ask for grace from God? I think God knows who is with Him and who isn’t, and he is quite capable of sparing the former while his wrath falls on the latter. Why do people, presumably in the name of Christ, continually try to predict the end of the world when Jesus said no one knows that date but the Father? And the guns, well, it doesn’t sound like Jesus, does it?
Huppke ended his piece by saying, “They’ll undoubtedly be ready for what people like Commissioner Karen Miller seem to fear most: Not gay marriage, not guns, but the fire-and-brimstone image of a vengeful God. And I imagine that image keeps God fairly amused. At least when he’s not busy laughing at the eBible* Fellowship.”
There is some truth in that. However, there is ultimate truth in the wrath of God, and Huppke is foolish to laugh at it. The wrath of God is real, and the end of the world won’t be at all funny when it happens.
Columns like this one make God’s wrath seem simple minded; absurd. The message that sticks with a reader is that Christians are nuts and that God is not going to express his wrath.
Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He died for their sins, that he will return one day and in that time the wrath of God will be fully expressed.
Those who believe in Jesus Christ will have nothing to fear.
It is frustrating when current events lead to columns that muddle the truth.
* source of the latest world is ending date