I’ve Made A Decision
It’s true! I have finally come to terms. It was not easy. It took a long time and much consternation. I am leaving the bench, the gavel and the robe behind. I’m out of the judging business. I must say that I feel greatly relieved. I was never any good at it anyway. For too long I thought judging was my calling. I thought it was up to me to decide who was in and who was out. It always troubled me that I couldn’t read the hearts of others. And it was always disconcerting to me that so many people did not get the same breaks in life that I got. Sin is sin. That’s just how it is! There were no extenuating circumstances that mattered. If they never had a chance to even hear the gospel, that was just too bad. No exceptions. I thought I had to require others to accept, before their own conversion, that their relatives were all burning in hell. I thought it was up to me…and others like me…to call the shots…to give the thumbs up or down to everyone.
How I came to be judge, I really can’t fathom. If Jesus Himself did not come into the world to condemn the world, what made me think I could or should (John 3:17). Now…I know the Bible teaches that sin results in people being lost. I know the Bible teaches that the Gospel of Christ saves people. I plan to continue teaching what the Bible plainly declares…to urge everyone I can to, as a result of their faith and in obedience to Scripture, be baptized into Jesus for forgiveness. BUT, I will no longer try to usurp God’s role as Judge of all the earth Who always does what is right and Who always takes into account everything that should be taken into account.