Judgement

They all come for violence, all their faces forward. They gather captives like sand. At kings they scoff, and at rulers they laugh. They laugh at every fortress, for they pile up earth and take it. Habakkuk 1:9-10

What is the judgement that we deserve? As Christ followers, it can be easy for us to think that we are under grace and so there will not be judgment for us. This is a misunderstanding of the call of God on the life of a follower. Consider 2 Corinthians 5:14-6:1. Yes, we are under the grace of God, but that grace controls us (5:14). It calls us to live for God, not ourselves (5:15). Anything less is to receive the grace of God in vain (6:1) and cheapen his grace. We cannot lose our salvation, but we can step out of the will of God for our lives. This will require correction—because of his love he will discipline us (Hebrews 12:5-11). What we see in his response to the sin of Israel is his judgment coming for those sins. Israel was to be the light of God to the world. It was through them that God would reveal his holiness and purity and his presence. They would reject him and would not stand out as a beacon. Rather, they would allow the culture to pollute them so that there was little, if any, difference to be seen. They carried the name of God in vain in violation of the third commandment. We are in the Church age. It is the call of the Church to be this light in the world. If we are not, we are carrying the great name of the Lord in vain. If the Church rejects his holiness, his purity, and his presence, we too can expect that there will be a correction. How much of the culture has come into the Church? Do you impact culture or does culture impact you?