The vindication and justice for those who have truly followed God is in his hands. That is the absolute best place it can be in. Can you imagine having the red nuke button at your disposal? I’m so thankful that I do not bear the weight of choosing what someone deserves. The reality is that as “good” as I am… I would be deserving of anything given to someone who wronged me. We are all wicked without Christ. That is our carnal nature since the fall. The fact that God doesn’t smite me where i sit is grace. Thankfully that is in his character and therefore is reliable so i do not have to live in fear that i will one day get what is coming to me… but the idea that i would have any expectation that someone else not receive God’s grace because they are somehow more deserving of punishment than i am… is pretty short sighted and one dimensional. Their check is in the mail. I will pray for my enemies, that God will show them the mercy that he shows me, and that he will restore them to his calling for them. From the mouth of a convicted and confirmed criminal (set free only by a graceful Judge), that is true contrition and intellectual honesty. Our concern should not be with how we were wronged or even how they have wronged God, so much as it should be how they can be restored to their rightful economy within God’s kingdom. If God did not see fit to put upon me the full weight of my sins but instead chose a path that would bring me to reconciliation with him (despite the cost to him), than I should seek this as well… not just in my actions…. but in my heart. Can you imagine how God must feel when we accuse him of not acting “enough,” toward his own interest? Why didn’t you smite this? Why didn’t you do that? I imagine that Jesus would be sad as he reminds us, “I didn’t smite them, because I love them.” So much so that he died for them. The scripture says that God’s wrath is upon us all. That is a constant and a given. People will get what they deserve, by default. We never have to pray for that… but if we want to follow in God’s character… we should pray for his mercy for others. Jesus died on a cross, deserted and alone( excepting John). The salvation of those who witnessed that selfless act took years in some cases. If we give a selfless act back to those who mistreat us (even in God’s name as the Jews did to Christ,) we may never with our human eyes, see the results. We have to be good with that… We have to not care about that. It’s okay to be tired of it, to be sad because of it. Christ was scared and tired and heartbroken (literally)… but the will of the Father is reconciliation. This is what governs our actions. So the best we can do in situations like this (where we have been wronged by those who should know better) is follow the example of our Lord… and take hope in the results of his attitude and action. Resurrection for ourselves and redemption for all. Simple…. not easy.

*This is an excerpt from personal correspondence and was not intended as a blog.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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