JUDGMENT, NOT JUSTICE, COMES LIKE THUNDERBOLT

Barack Obama pondered the Supreme Court edict pronouncing as discriminatory the institution of marriage, as it has been known for 6,000 years of human history – with men and women joined together in sacred unions. From the White House Rose Garden he spoke in slow, deliberate, carefully chosen words suggesting America had just triumphed over an enemy of unimaginable evil and ignorance – that right had won over wrong, that justice had prevailed over oppression. “Progress on this journey often comes in small increments, sometimes two steps forward, one step back, propelled by the persistent effort of dedicated citizens,” Obama said. “And then sometimes there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.” I found that last line to be revealing. In the Bible, justice indeed can come swiftly as an act of God. But the only time the word “thunderbolt” is used in Scripture, in Psalm 78:48, is to describe judgment on the land of Egypt during the Exodus. That’s what I believe hit America like a thunderbolt Friday – not justice, but judgment.

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