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9:30 AM   [06 Jan 2014 | Monday]

Thank God for judgment

Madonna has come under fire for posting pictures of her teenage son with a bottle of alcohol. The pictures came with the caption 'the party has just begun! Bring it! 2014'. After coming under fire for her actions Madonna posted this tweet; "No one was drinking we were just having fun! Calm down and get a sense of humor! Don't start the year off with judgment!'"

If there is one thing that people bitterly hate it's the idea of someone passing judgment on the actions of another, particularly when these are 'moral' judgments. Sinners want to do what they want to do and, unless it is viciously criminal, nobody is supposed to pass any judgment on them. In fact everyone is expected to tolerate them and even endorse them (the homosexual issue being the best example I can think of).

This type of thinking is considered progressive and even constructive for society. It will prove to be damning. Jesus says this; "He that believeth on (Me) is not condemned (judged): but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation (judgment), that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved" (John 3:18-20.

Their is an absolute judgment of the morality of men. All are morally corrupt, all are under the condemnation of sin and the threat of eternal death; only faith in Christ will save them. Of this people will say that only God can judge, people cannot. Judge not that you be not judged (Matthew 7:1) this is an immoral culture's favorite verse. But God's people, who declare God's judgment based on God's truth and not on personal evaluation, are those who judge righteous judgment (John 7:24). Calling a sin a sin, and a sinner a sinner, is not only proper for Christians, it is our responsibility. In fact we cannot preach the gospel of 'salvation' apart from it since there can no conviction of the need for a 'Savior' where there is no conviction of 'sin' that damns.

We should also remember that without judgment there could be no salvation. Jesus did not die on the cross because He was a revolutionary or a radical or even a nuisance; He died to bear the judgment of God upon sin that those who are redeemed might not, themselves, be so judged, even that they might embrace God's grace! If people realized that judgment now, particularly moral judgment, is a blessing because it can be the road to freedom from God's eternal, and most terrible, judgment they would love and embrace it. In John 3, Jesus says that He did come into the world to condemn the world. He did not mean that He would not judge the world, for He most certainly will (2 Corinthians 5:10). His specific purpose, in His incarnation, was to be the Lamb of God, the atoning sacrifice for sin who was crucified to pay the penalty for sin and raised for the justification of the sinner (Romans 4:25; Colossians 1:20). He did so in order that they will not come into the final and full condemnation under God's judgment.

As far as Madonna is concerned, those who passed judgment on her actions were probably not judging 'righteous judgment' for they, themselves, are yet guilty before God. But posting a picture of her son with a bottle of alcohol is the least of her problems. Her own open immorality, which God and scripture and believing Christians openly and properly condemn, judges her certainly and completely. She, and we, should not be so ready to denounce judgment for it is her only hope of redemption, just as it is mine and just as it is yours.

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StandUpforJesus | Mon Jan 06, 2014, 16:01

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Madonna, problably doesn't care that her actions serve as an example to others. he could have held up a bottle of tea. you are right on target. People in the entertainmnet business have a responsibilty for their action. When they don't recognize this, they pass judgement on themselves

David Hansen

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