Are We Loving People Right into Hell? by WANDA ALGER for Charisma News
GNN Note – This is a question that each of us should be asking as we discuss some of the issues of the day. What does the Bible teach us? How should we approach situations – is the Bible a historical account or source of inspiration?
In recent weeks, it appears that every pain and unresolved issue we have faced as a nation has come to the surface and is festering as an open wound. People are hurting, some are dying, and many are seeking justice.
Where the “woke” see the underlying political agendas at work in both COVID-19 and the rioting, others are fixed on championing the victims. Rather than questioning the media or checking all the facts, many mercy-minded souls are simply calling for love.
And yet, if we don’t uphold God’s righteousness and truth while extending mercy, we’re going to love people right into hell.
“And His mercy is for those who fear Him from generation to generation” (Luke 1:50).
Heaven’s mercy will always reflect the fear of the Lord and compel others to walk in righteousness and truth. Even as many are seeking to bring comfort to the hurting and calling for justice in the streets, there is a carnal mercy that is masquerading as truth.
By putting the Golden Rule above God’s laws, we are leading people into a dead end with no way out. Whether it’s calls for protecting the population or giving license to the lost, we must know the difference between unsanctified mercy that is fueled by our flesh and our fears, and sanctified mercy which is born of the Spirit.
Unsanctified mercy is stuck in the human condition with a need for retribution. Sanctified mercy pulls people out of the lies and counterfeits, and points them to freedom of a higher order (1 Tim 1:13-14).
Unsanctified mercy is seeded through second-hand offense and unresolved pain. Sanctified mercy flows when forgiveness is extended, and blame is cancelled (2 Cor 4:1-2).