Several people have written us in our AskMark page asking if we believe this current crisis is God’s judgment for the increasing evil in our nation. Mark responds with insight into judgment and God’s patience.
I greatly appreciate your questions, especially at this trying time in our current (and temporary) situation. I grieve over our lack of understanding, as believers, of God’s great patience and the purpose of it. How quick we are to look at troubling circumstances as God’s punishment for evil, even hope for it. The early church went through far, far worst circumstances under the iron-fisted rule of Rome and some believed that God was “late” in sending His judgment upon the evil empire.
Peter wrote to correct their view of judgment and patience:
2 Peter 3:3-4- First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation."
Peter goes on to explain the reason for God’s patience:
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