I attended a bible study with a small group of Christians; it was my first bible study with them. Of a certainty, they dwell on the undiluted word of God. The Pastor read Ex 3:18 and asked if God lied? To put it into context, the Lord wanted to take the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt to settle them in the land of Canaan. In this verse, he asked Moses to tell Pharaoh that they intended to go three-day’s journey into the wilderness to sacrifice to their God. So, did God lie?
Then, another twist; 1 Sam 16:1-5. Prophet Samuel was afraid for his life because God had asked him to anoint a new king. He knew that he was a dead man if King Saul found out. Again, God told him to say, “I am come to sacrifice to the Lord”; another diplomatic answer. Again, did God lie?
The answer is NO; God can not lie. He is God. He knows all things, does all things, defines all things, creates all things, knows all humans and judges all things. God can not lie; he is a spirit who knows the end of all things before their beginning. He sets the rules and whatsoever he tells you, just do it; because whatever proceeds out of His mouth is true. God is the yardstick for measuring truthfulness.
So, why did the Pastor bring up this issue? The lesson is basically for Christians to understand the concept of judgement. If you are not privy to the full story, don’t jump into judgement. The challenge for us as individual Christians is that we will never be privy to the full story. No one was there when God told Moses what to say. The same happened to Samuel; no one was there. The average Christian would have said Moses and Samuel lied but in reality, they gave the answer the Almighty God told them to give.
Whenever an individual Christian or a Minister of the gospel does something, God does not want you to jump into judgement as you are never privy to the whole story. If the issue affects your life, check it with the scriptures and take your decision. Never judge the fellow as if you are God; stay away from judgement. Remember “Judge not, so that you will not be judged”.
As old-time Christians, there are lots of complaints people have about the current state of the Church; the show of wealth in-spite of the poverty in the land, the reducing level of empathy and the dilution of the message. Despite these, God is telling you, yes YOU, to step away from that your judgement seat (referring to the seat in your mind). You don’t know what the instructions God gave these people, please don’t get into trouble with God.
Let’s assume that the Church wants a bigger auditorium but you believe that the resources should be channelled towards helping the needy or building a hospital for the “unreached”; give the Church your opinion and leave it at that. You don’t know the instruction God gave to the Minister and you won’t be there when God’s judgement starts. Clear your mind from all traces of bitterness; don’t judge.
My name is Adekunle Adewunmi; I write human stories and intellectual perspectives.