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In an essay titled “The Wrath of God,” penned for Bruce McCormack’s Engaging the Doctrine of God: Contemporary Protestant Perspectives, D. A. Carson argues,
. . . there must be some sense in which we should be wrathful as God is wrathful. Andrew Lester is not overly forceful when he insists that “not being angry at evil in all its manifestations is sinful.” This is rarely an easy thing to get right, for human wrath easily degenerates into bitterness, one-upmanship, and condescending arrogance. Still, parents are often afforded small glimpses as to how wrath and compassion are not necessarily mutually antithetical. We catch other glimpses in some of the psalms of imprecation and in the Pastoral Epistles, where, on the one hand, readers are advised to avoid wrangling, to respond to people gently, and to cast a godly example and, on the other, they are informed that Paul has handed Hymenaeus and Alexander over to Satan that they might be taught not to blaspheme.
I see this reality displayed throughout the Scriptures: God’s people should view the world in the same manner God views the world. God loves the world. He gave His Son for the world (John 3:16); yet, He calls all men, women, and children everywhere to repent and believe on Christ (John 14:6). Evil is evil, and should be met with wrath at every corner of the Christian life. We must agree with God. We must put our sin to death (Rom. 8:13; Col. 3:5). Righteous judgment is the only holy response to sin (Just look at the cross). May we never condone our sin or the sins of others. Instead, may we run to Christ and send others running to the resurrected Savior for forgiveness and joy! Remember that those who refuse to run to the Lamb today will one day face the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Phil. 2:5-11; Rev. 5:5), and He will crush them in His teeth.
*You can find a summary of Carson’s essay here.