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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 07:08:27 -0700 (PDT)
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COLUMN: HEAVENLY CONNECTIONS

Outrageous Judgment
 by Tim Hall

Reading about a judge who orders the arrest of a young
man won't raise many eyebrows. Judges often do such
things. But the arrest of 19-year-old Aaron Henson in
Littleton, Colorado caused quite a stir.

The reason for his arrest? A DVD he had checked out
from the local library was overdue.

The story is a bit more complicated than that. Henson
had been summoned to court, but he failed to show up.
That's when the judge ordered his arrest.

What the judge didn't understand, however, was that
Henson’s address had changed and he didn't receive the
summons. Furthermore the DVD was returned to the
library a week before the arrest.

The Littleton City Council agreed that the judge's
actions were extreme. Judge James Kimmel was released
from his position earlier this week.

Each of us will one day find ourselves in this scene
from Revelation 20:12:

   "And I saw the dead, small and great,
   standing before God, and books were opened,
   and another book was opened, which is the
   book of life. And the dead were judged
   according to their works, by the things
   which were written in the books"(NKJV).

How can we know that we'll be judged fairly when that
final accounting takes place? With billions of souls to
be judged, doesn't it seem likely that some facts will
be skewed, other facts misplaced? Will there be cases
of outrageous judgments like the one in Littleton,
Colorado?

Paul had no doubts about the fairness of the Lord's
judgment of mankind. He made that point in 2 Timothy
4:8:

"Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of
righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge,
will give to me on that day, and not to me only but
also to all those who have loved his appearing." 

Jesus is the righteous judge, Paul affirmed. No 
mistakes will be made in our hearings.

Even while he was on earth Jesus showed his mastery of
the facts. After having her true marital situation
exposed, the Samaritan woman reported to her friends,
"Come, see a man who told me all things that I ever
did. Could this be the Christ?" (John 4:29).

If people with limited knowledge were in charge of
deciding our eternal destiny, we would have reason to
be concerned. But at the final judgment our fate will
be in the hands of the all-knowing God.

For now, though, our fate is in our own hands. We have
the power to choose God's will, to choose an eternity
of joy. Let's use the opportunity well.

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