The best, most loving dad willingly sacrificed His only son to utter
rejection, humiliation, tortu re and ultimate death to save an ungrateful, hell-bent people, and He is often billed as “an angry God”. Go figu re! God so loved the world that He gave Jesus.
Papa has been so mis
rep resented by His rep resentatives because they fear He’s too good. Just like Jonah, they’ re su re He’ll forgive people and they won’t app reciate Him. So they malign His character to portray an angry God to make people too afraid to sin.
Wow, that approach has been an utter failu
re. The re hasn’t been a single righteous person since c reation save the Lord Jesus Christ. Turns out the rules, laws and regulations lathe red on by religious people have actually done the very opposite, they have actually given sin its st rength (1 Co.15:56).
If you board an aircraft bound for
, you can obey all the rules like a good passenger. You can hope and believe that if you’ Poughkeepsie re good enough the pilot will fly you to Disneyland because that’s whe re you really want to be, but guess what? Forget the sun sc reen, you’ re going to ! Poughkeepsie
Romans 2:4 says it’s the “goodness of God” that leads to
repentance. Nothing irks p retty good people like God being good to people who don’t deserve it, but that’s His amazing, radical Grace. That’s also what He knows really leads people to repentance. Not rules. Not fear. Guess what, Father knows best.
Truth is, even “p
retty good” people need God’s Grace, every bit as much as the “notable sinners” the Bible mentions. I am against sin and ungodly living, and I am all for holiness. I believe the way you get the re is the way Jesus provided by His finished work on the cross.
Fear can get people to alter their behavior while the fear is p
resent. That’s “behavior modification”. God chose goodness knowing a heart flooded with His love produces transformation from the inside out that is lasting, whether the person is in a loving environment or a loveless setting.
reaching like “sinners in the hand of an angry God” may fill the altar with fearful supplicants, but Jesus is mo re inte rested in filling the Lamb’s book of life with the names of people He died to redeem. What a good God. He really is, just that in to you!