24. Jul, 2016

Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?

Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?

Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What is God’s answer to Abraham in the eighteenth chapter of Genesis? Is it genocide? But what if there were fifty righteous people, what about forty … ten? An exact, final answer is not given.

Do we weigh up the consequences—the Pros and Cons? Moral action considered from the perspective of creating the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people (Bentham, 1776) is called consequentialism. Starting again in Sodom would perhaps bring greater benefits to the world. The need of the world outweighs the needs of those in Sodom, so kill them?

But what about the rights of those people . . . do the wicked have a right to life? Or what about the good people—surely they have the right to live? What is the answer. God was teaching Abraham how to pray however the final, exact answer isn’t given.

What is the answer? What is the answer today? Considering the wickedness of the last hours and days—80 bodies and more than 260 wounded in Kabul; the terror of 18-year-old German boy who killed at least eight people and wounded more than 20 people in Munich, on Friday; or Nice; or Ankara—Lord will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? Should it be by fire (as in Sodom) or flood (above Michelangelo depicts the flood).

What is God’s answer to us? For the sake of one just man I will spare the whole world for his sake. That just man is Jesus. As Christ’s Body, that just person interceding for the world is you . . . When your heavenly Father sees his righteous Son living in you, God once again spares and blesses our world. What a privilege this is, but at the same time it is your responsibility to be that just and righteous person in whom our Lord lives. Through you—through your righteous living—God spares and indeed, blesses this world!