Christian Vengeance, Romans 12:19

Romans 12:19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

Why do Christians tolerate so much persecution? Everyone knows the slurs, careless and blasphemous uses of Jesus’ name, the sad and hypocritical depiction of Christians in movies and TV, and we are a door mat, and pushed around in everyday life. Yet aside from fighting for our equal rights when warranted, we quite humbly take it and just keep on going, relatively undisturbed. 

Some chalk it up to the “turn your other cheek” verse, but that is not the only verse in the Christian arsenal. The Romans passage sited (referencing the larger passage of Deut. 32:35-43) gives Christians comfort and context. 

Where God is trusted to be in control, and in possession of the best possible plan for all things, it makes sense that He is God and rules from His throne alone. That being the case, as those saved by Him, we do little to nothing to think that we would defend Him better than He can defend Himself. As all powerful, should He tolerate our poor behavior, and yet save us, who are we to deny such an opportunity to others? To want our own vengeance how and when we want it, places us on the throne, and asserts that we know best how to defend God and others. Yet when Christians allow God to be God, we are free to allow Him to vindicate Himself and us when He sees fit. Should we die in the process, which would be sad and deplorable, yet we know we will rise and reign with Him. So Christians passively wait, and dish out love, peace and grace now, until such time as these are no longer offered. Then on that day God will get down from His throne and exercise final horrible judgement and His own vengeance.  


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