I don’t know about you, but it is pretty easy to reject the common portrayal of God. Most churches showcase him as almost one-dimensional, such as, “God is Love.” What about the angry God? Or the just God? Oh, and how about the jealous God?
Honestly, I don’t blame you if you toss out most of what we see of Christianity because most are only giving lip service. God does not appreciate a hypocrite. What do you think? How does church – as you see it – stack up?
What does the one-dimensional approach hide from you? Consider all his attributes, including anger. Let me show you two verses:
Psalm 7:11 God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation (anger) every day.
Psalm 76:7 But you, you are to be feared! Who can stand before you when once your anger is roused?
Look, the bible is clear that he is angry every day. EVERY DAY! Not only that, but we are to be afraid of him! If all someone tells you about God is about how nice he is, remind them of God’s anger.
What is God angry about? It pretty much is this, that we won’t trust him. Trust him in what? Trust him that he knows best for us and will take care of all our needs, that sin harms ourselves and others, and that it ultimately distances us from him. Boil it down, sin simply means you don’t need – or want – God in your life. And we wonder that the world is such a mess! To conceal the fact that God is angry with sin effectively endorses it.
Here’s another attribute: God is everywhere and knows everything. You can’t hide from him. One day you will give an account for your deeds; we all will. You will either know his wrath or his mercy. His wrath is a place where “there will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
Mercy, on the other hand, will be exactly opposite and available only to those who put their faith in Jesus. Simply as that. It’s all or nothing. You’re either all in or you’re all out. In-or-out based on an all-or-nothing faith. You can’t earn your way into heaven.
But it’s not about keeping rules and memorizing stuff. It’s a matter of the heart. Do you trust God and love him for who he is or do you want to do your own thing? If you trust God, you will have faith in Jesus because God will lead you to his Son. That’s how it works.
Think it over. You have a lot riding on this. For more, check out this message.