When God wins we all win

Published 7:57 am Thursday, November 15, 2012

God always wins.

In the light of many recent developments in our country and throughout the world that statement might cause some hackles to rise and sound like the worst sort of naiveté or some kind of political partisanship, but that is not the case. Please read on and hear me out.

Throughout the Bible and all Christian history we have been told that God is in charge; that God is not only omniscient (meaning all-knowing) but is also omnipotent (meaning all-powerful) and that God’s intentions for all the world is that we live in peace, practice justice, be merciful and simply take care of one another (Micah 6:8; James 1:27).  The fly in the ointment, so to speak, is that God gave human beings free will to choose whether or not we will live into God’s intentions for us and for our world, or whether we will choose to go our own way.

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The prime example of this departure from God’s intentions is told in the Book of Genesis wherein Adam and Eve succumb to temptation and make choices that were counter to God’s will for them and the world (Genesis 3). While it is very easy to lay blame and say “the devil made me do it,” in truth it is always our choice to be obedient and to do good or to follow an evil path.  The question becomes, “What is the right path and what is the wrong path?”