I know a man who was going for a walk recently, and gnawing at a question the way a dog worries a bone with no meat on it. The problem with a meatless bone is there nothing to sink tenth into. Meaning, he was not seeing an answer. The man had been watching the news, witnessing corruption at the highest levels of government, seeing proof of dishonesty and collapse of integrity being shrugged off as if it were no more value than a phart in the wind.
Exasperated – a two dollar word that means the opposite of Matthew 6:34 – he finally just asked God what the question. “Do you hold Loretta Lynch to a different standard than you do me? Or Hillary Clinton? Or Barak Obama? Your word says, “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good,” so I know you see them. But do you measure them by a different standard?”
The still, small voice in the farthest room at the very back of the man’s mind spoke. “Yes.” Not the answer the man wanted to hear so he had to think about it. Understanding was a long time coming.
God’s Double Standard
Only one time in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John does Jesus use the pronoun “God”. Every other reference is “Father”.
One reference is to wrath and the other to compassion and acceptance. John defines one this way: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”
When God looks at America, He looks first to see those who belong to Him, His children, those who have their name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. To those that are left, He uses a different standard. “What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction.”
Point is, God holds His children to a higher standard than He does the Walking Dead in Washington D.C. (At this point I will resist the temptation to use salacious rhetoric and make references to Lynch, Clinton, Obama – ad nauseam – being damned.)