Tuesday, February 14, 2012
"God Bless Everyone: No Exceptions" Really?
Charlottesville is a big bumper sticker town. One new bumper sticker I've noticed lately says, "God bless everyone, No Exceptions." A close cousin says, "God bless the whole world, No exceptions." So when I read this I was wondering what exactly I'm supposed to think. Does God bless everyone? Yes, he does. "The LORD is good to all" (Psalm 145:9). He causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good and the rain to fall on the just and unjust (Matthew 5:45). The message seems to be aimed at some group (Christians?) who, it is assumed, do not want God to bless all men. This certainly would not be Christians, since Scripture itself commands that believers pray for all men (1 Tim 2:1). Perhaps the point of the message is that God should bless (approve of?) all men regardless of who they are or what they do. Really? That sounds good until you begin to think about it a little further. Do we really want God to bless child molesters in their child molesting? Rapists in the raping? Murderers in their murdering? Robbers in their robbing? Maimers in their maiming? Drug dealers in their drug dealing? Do we really want a holy God to bless all men and all their activities? Or do we want him to be their Judge?