Butt Naked On The JumboTron
Growing up, the idea of “God as Judge” always worried me…no…actually, it scared the daylights out of me. All I could ever picture was one day standing butt-naked and full of shame before The Creator of the Universe as he played video snippets of all of my life’s sins on a giant Sony JumboTron in front of everyone I knew (and a bunch of pretty girls I didn’t and definitely wouldn’t after that).
This did not excite me. For one, because of how expansive I knew the “Scott-Sin Video Library” would be, this “viewing” would undoubtedly take a very long time. Definitely longer than my mom’s or sister’s. Secondly, I couldn’t stand the idea of how ashamed and guilty I knew I would feel in that moment.
(Perhaps this would be a good place to pause and say a special thank-you to many of the church camp speakers who basically brainwashed me into believing all of this…. I hope you are now retired)
Thankfully, I’ve learned of God’s mercy and grace. I’ve learned that where there is sin….there is an even greater amount of grace.
I’ve learned that in a Biblical context, judgment is almost always a very good thing! Not so much for the unrepentant perpetrators, but most certainly good for those who have been deceived and oppressed….or for those who have been misjudged, wrongly accused, and forgotten.
When you get a chance, read Psalm 98. What you’ll find is that the coming of God’s judgment gives us great reason to sing a new song and to make a joyful noise. And that it’s enough to motivate the the seas to roar, the rivers to clap their hands, the hills to sing for joy…
“For He is coming to judge the earth. With righteousness He shall judge the world, And the peoples with equity.” Psalm 98:9