A final thought on our ninth study in Romans 2:6–16 (August 30, 2015) entitled, “The Judge Who Always Gets it Right.”
We focused in this sermon on the righteous, impartial, and certain judgment of God on the last day. One application I did not make was the issue of patience.
As Christians, we need to speak out for justice in our society, in our church, and in our personal relationships. At the same time we have to realize that in this “present evil age” (Gal. 1:4) there is going to be a lot of injustice; there are going to be unjust laws; there are going to be evil people in the world.
And so we must put on the virtue of patience in this age for God’s judgment on all injustice and wickedness that will be meted out in the age of come. Paul speaks of this when he says “for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil” (Rom. 2:8–9). He’s speaking of the final day when Christ judges “the living and dead” (Apostles’ Creed). He says the same thing later in chapter 12 to encourage us to patient endurance.
Are you upset about crooked politicians who put their interests over others? Are you tired of God’s laws being mocked openly? Are you crying out for God to come and rescue his church from evil in China, the Middle East, Africa, and elsewhere? Then keep praying, keep speaking the Word, keep shining as light in darkness…and be patient for the Judge of all the earth to come at his appointed time.
God give us such patience!