God's Anger and Goodness


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On February 24, 2005, a nine-year-old girl was reported missing from her home in Homosassa, Florida. Three weeks later, police discovered that she had been kidnapped, brutally raped, and then buried alive. Little Jessica Lunsford was found tied up, in a kneeling position, clutching a stuffed toy.

How do you feel toward the man who murdered that helpless little girl in such an unspeakably cruel way? Are you angered? I hope so. I hope you are outraged. If you were completely indifferent to her fate, it would reveal something horrible about your character.

Do you think that God is indifferent to such acts of evil? You can bet your precious soul He is not. He is outraged by them. The fury of Almighty God against evil is evidence of His goodness. If He wasn’t angered, He wouldn’t be good. We cannot separate God’s goodness from His anger. Again, if God is good by nature, He must be unspeakably angry at wickedness. But His goodness is so great that His anger isn’t confined to the evils of rape and murder. Nothing is hidden from His pure and holy eyes. He is outraged by torture, terrorism, abortion, theft, lying, adultery, fornication, pedophilia, homosexuality, and blasphemy. He also sees our thought-life, and He will judge us for the hidden sins of the heart: for lust, hatred, rebellion, greed, unclean imaginations, ingratitude, selfishness, jealousy, pride, envy, deceit, etc. Jesus warned, “But I say to you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment”.
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#2

I think the rape angers me more, because it makes it personal to me.


#3

I understand. I also know your compassion for kids who have been kidnapped as we have discussed the sex slavery and forced prostitution in the recent past. Last night we watched the movie Trade of Innocents. It was very disturbing but very well done and has resources to combat the human trafficking trade. I read a couple interviews of Mira Sorvino who stars in the movie and she is a big time activist against human trafficking.

Check out these sites.

http://tradeofinnocents.com/<o:p></o:p>
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http://www.polarisproject.org/

http://dropsection.com/downloads/10things.pdf<o:p></o:p>
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