You Aren’t Perfect Either: Where do you stand before a Holy God?
By: Rev. Joe Kramer
(9) After this I looked, and there was a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were robed in white with palm branches in their hands. (10) And they cried out in a loud voice:
Salvation belongs to our God,
who is seated on the throne,
and to the Lamb!
(11) All the angels stood around the throne, the elders, and the four living creatures, and they fell facedown before the throne and worshiped God. (12) saying:
Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honor
and power and strength
be to our God forever and ever. Amen.
(13) Then one of the elders asked me, “Who are these people robed in white, and where did they come from?”
(14) I said to him, “Sir, you know.”
Then he told me:
These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation.
They washed their robes and made them white e
in the blood of the Lamb.
(15) For this reason they are before the throne of God,
and they serve Him day and night in His sanctuary.
The One seated on the throne will shelter f them:
(16) They will no longer hunger;
they will no longer thirst;
the sun will no longer strike them,
nor will any heat.
(17) For the Lamb who is at the center of the throne
will shepherd them;
He will guide them to springs of living waters,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
-Revelation 7:9-17 (HCSB)
So today isn’t so much of an article as it is an admonition. You know in the United States we aren’t being burned, mutilated, and tortured for our beliefs (yet) like our other Christian brothers and sisters around the world. However, we are persecuted and talked bad about. The general consensus in our nation is that we are a bunch of hypocritical, lying, myth-believers. The first two I can see, the last one I don’t see. If anyone sits down and studies the evidence for a God and Christianity in general objectively, I believe they wouldn’t have that attitude. But what caused them to be this way? It is the hypocritical attitudes and lying that is over emphasized in the media and the world; and so they reject us outright.
I don’t have to go far to find someone (big name preachers) who have squandered funds and have given Christianity a black eye. No everyone sees that because the media points it out and ignores other religions evils. This isn’t going to change we must have an answer. My answer is, “yes there are hypocrites in the church, but it does not change that there is a Holy God. What people do is bad, but the truth remains that there is a God. So stop looking at people and start looking at your own life. Are you where you should be? The answer is NO! so let us deal with ourselves first.”
As for the lying, well lying tends to go hand in hand with people who are hypocrites for they try to hide their hypocritical nature. So again let us look at ourselves and see where we stand up against a Holy God.
These people in Revelation don’t get to where they are by being perfect, but by loving God with all their heart, mind, soul and “being.” In the end it is about the Glory of God, not man and what he does. Where do you stand up against a Holy God today? Only you can answer that and only you can get on your knees in humility and ask God for forgiveness (whether you are a believer or not). We need to take really look at ourselves as God sees us and just like the prophets of old (specifically Isaiah) we will say to ourselves that we are unclean and of an unclean people, crying out before a Holy God. What will you do today? The choice is yours.