I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. – Isaiah 45:5-7
Perhaps one of the most foolish statements that men make, and that Christians try to argue with is when someone points to God’s wrath in the Old Testament and says, “Why would you worship a God like that?” Maybe someone points to the suffering in the world, and begin to hurl insults toward us and the God we preach accusing Him of being malevolent, vindictive, and angry. I heard a man say one time, “What kind of God holds forgiveness over your head until you believe a certain way? I don’t want to follow a God like that.” – Whatever the circumstance, question, scenario, or phraseology, the principle thought seems to be the same. If you can prove that God is evil and mean, then men are off the hook with righteous indignation and can satisfactorily condemn Him, reject Him, and loosen ourselves from the tyranny of His prudism. (if that’s a word – if not it is now.)
The only thing more frustrating than such ignorance is trying to argue with it. Usually the first thing a good Christian will do is run to the aid of the Lord’s reputation, which is good and true. We are to be living “For His Name’s Sake” and speaking good things on His behalf. However most of the time we usually wind up trying to explain God’s behavior to an “unwilling to believe” audience who have already made their mind up that God is mean and vindictive. I can and do vehemently proclaim the goodness, righteousness, mercy, grace, and love of God to all who will hear. The key is the fact that not all who make those accusations are willing to be answered. Which is why we must not always be baited into such an argument, and know the short answer to those foolish statements.
Most of the time such accusations are made in attempt to make the Christian look like an ignorant dreamer who approaches life with Pollyannish (another new word for the dictionary)fervor, with an explanation for everything. There is an answer to those statements that every believer needs to know. The next time someone makes the statement, “I don’t want to follow a God like that!” or hurls the question, “Why would you serve such a vindictive God?” – The answer is very simple. – He is still God.
Speaking with an intention filled with reverence, every person needs to know this one fact: “Whether God is Good, or whether God is Evil is the completely irrelevant to the fact, that God is still God!” God’s sovereignty, God’s authority, God’s power, man’s future, man’s coming judgment, man’s accountability have absolutely nothing to do with whether or not God is a good God, or God is an evil God. It is futile to spend time hurling insults at a God that all men will answer to, whether He is good or not. If God were mean and vindictive, I’d still want to be on His good side since I am still going to have to answer to Him.
Now praise the Lord that He is not a mean spirited, and vindictive, evil God. He is God and He is a good God. “He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.” No man will know God who believes him to be evil. Yet no man will find out He is good without yielding to His sovereignty and trusting His Word. It costs to reject Him and pays to serve Him.
We worship the God that is, not the God that we want to be. Man is subject to the God that is, not the God that he fashions, molds, and judges to measure up to the standards of human goodness. The truth is that God is great, God is good, and I will thank Him for His Blood, that His Son Jesus Christ shed for my sins against Him. Bowing to and believing in the God that is, not the God we want to be, is an eternal change worth making.