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Randy Alcorn, in an interview with Tony Reinke:
But He has always been happy. He will always be happy. And He is predominantly happy now. Sin is a temporary condition. So the causes for God’s unhappiness are themselves temporary. His primary identity is as a happy God, not an unhappy one.
Sin is so prevalent and the Bible is written to point out and deal with the sin problem. Hence, we often do see a God with anger and wrath, and it’s easy to overlook all of the lovingkindness passages and all the passages about God delighting in His people and God being pleased. We can miss the master, in Jesus’s words, saying to the servant, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Enter into your master’s happiness.” Enter into a happiness far more ancient than the world itself—a happiness that preceded all creation, a happiness that goes on undaunted and will continue forever (see Matthew 25:21).
Watching these mothers weep and rejoice together, I was struck by how beautiful the fruit of grief can be; how the means of grace God provides can work in our hearts to offer comfort; and how these same means of grace repair areas of unbelief—causing us to look more like Jesus because of our sorrow. Even amid mourning and uncertainty, the suffering, pregnant mom was able to rejoice over the joy of another. Even amid painful circumstances, she could be encouraged by God’s goodness when she saw it in his gift to another.
Even as our culture increasingly emphasizes individual choice and freedom, encouraging young people to honor their bodies and wait until they are ready before having sex, most of that messaging isn’t geared toward my demographic. People largely assume that all college-aged men have already had sex, since most of them have.
And here’s the thing: Even as a male student at a conservative Christian university, I stillsee male virginity carry a stigma. That’s how pervasive our society’s messaging about sex is.
Every day that our unbelieving friends and relatives live, they increase their judgment. Since that old line which says, “All sins are the same” is false and easily disproven by Scripture, we hope that they do not commit the worst of sins. But He will judge even every idle word. There will be a day when they will realize that they have rejected a way to be free from guilt, but for now, they are happy in their lifestyles.
NPR recently hosted an interfaith discussion featuring Jonathan Brown of Georgetown University, Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission and Karen Danielson of the Muslim American Society. I’m thankful for Dr. Moore’s faithful witness in this conversation.