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Tuesday, March 17, 2009


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

The bottom line with Wall Street, American execs and DC hoodlums in political office is that there is little if any sense of accountability.

So it goes in our Republic.

One can listen to the newscasts all day long to get details. The more specifics one tallies the more accountability raises its moral head in judgment upon mortals who play god.

Yes, the innocent suffer because of the lack of integrity on the part of money grubbers.

However, the money lusters will not go unnoticed. Not at all. They are risking their skins here in this life. But what is terribly significant is that they have no concern for the Judgment Seat of Christ.

In fact, I would wager these worldlings have never heard of that phrase. If they have, they surely don’t know the definition.

Yet it is there. In the next twenty-four hours, thousands upon thousands of souls will pass before the Judgment Seat of Christ. There they will give an account of their earthly stay. There their eternal destinies will be concluded. Eternal is a long, long timeless.

Christ will not conclude those destinies. He will simply look on as these free will agents consign themselves to the lake of fire and brimstone or the everlasting life promised to God’s grace children.

We make our own forevers. Christ is the Judge, yes. But Christ as Judge in reality passes the gavel to the free moral agents who have decided how to act, what to say and finally where to send their souls.

These headlines right now that are skimming chills up our spines and unnerving our anger quotients are laden with spiritual definition. It all hangs on morality. Really.

The secular newsfeeds don’t impress on the morality dimension. But it is there. Those into scriptural research see it, they feel it, they know it is true. It is very much true.

All these lessons in the news broadcast the folly of grabbing for the dollar—“the love of money is the root of all evil,” per the Bible. This love of money has led to such carnage, such heartache, such despair and confusion.

It always does. Sinners bring immense calamity finally upon themselves while inflicting untold pain upon the innocent. That is because we are all interlocked. We are all community of mortals on God’s Earth. We intersect and influence one another, whether we want to or not.

For the grace child, he has the faith that God works through the troubles to bring eventual good. “All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” God’s promise is there—and throughout the Good Book.

God being God cannot renege on His promises. That is why the grace children wait upon the Lord. They stay the course of faith. They know that past answers to prayer are guarantee of present and future answers to prayer.

The grace children are the victors in any age, though pressed against by pain on occasion. The final outcome is left with the Almighty. “God is still on the throne,” grace children comfort one another.

It is not just a happy phrase. It is eternal truth, far more than we can grasp.



Hebrews 9:27:

It is appointed unto men once to die, but after that the judgment.

Matthew 7:21-23: the words of Christ:

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Matthew 12:36-37: the words of Christ:

But I say unto you that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Romans 2:6-11:

God who will render to every man according to his deed: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immorality, eternal life; But unto them that are contentious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honor and peace to every man that worked good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.

Romans 14:10-12:

For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

I Corinthians 4:5:

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsel of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

II Corinthians 5:10:

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Numbers 32:23:

Be sure your sin will find you out.