Hundreds of world leaders and diplomats gathered at the United Nations in New York City to share their perspectives on world conditions and the needs of countries around the world. It is a global stage where small and large countries alike get air time to share their perspectives and political ideologies.
There is the clicking of champagne glasses, the laudatory comments and all the posturing for visibility and influence that so often marks the halls of power and politics. Often differences between leaders are obscured by fuzzy diplomatic language. For the most part, leaders and diplomats treat each other with a measure of respect – at least while the cameras and microphones are on. But there are definitely other occasions when the gloves are off and leaders lash out at each other.
The President of the United States, George W. Bush and the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attended the same session in the same building but somehow they missed each other. President Ahmadinejad was not present to hear President Bush’s speech and vice versa. They didn’t cross paths in the corridors or at a luncheon for world leaders or at any other time during their visit to the United Nations. Their views of the world are diametrically opposed.
Enemies are not known for face-to-face encounters. Vicious words, like nuclear missiles launched from tongues fly through tense air space and have an impact ‘somewhere.’ Rarely is there open and honest dialogue between enemies.
On a smaller scale, we do the same thing. We tend to avoid people who are adamantly opposed to all that we are doing.
People may avoid each other at shopping malls, dodge each other on a sidewalk or even stay clear of each other at the United Nations. But there is one encounter not one person on earth can avoid.
People can curse God as their avowed enemy. They can deny His existence. They can avoid Him in their life. They can snub Him and hurl their blasphemies at Him. Some have pounded the air with their fist in defiance against God. Some have burned the Bible or desecrated it some other way. Others just ignore Him and give Him the cold shoulder. More timid ones keep running from Him.
But ultimately God will have the last word. Every sinner will have a face to face meeting, a one on one encounter with the eternal and Holy and Almighty God. Big talk will vanish. Proud hearts will wither and wilt in His presence. Unbending iron legs will bow before Him.
No one will be able to dodge, skip out, miss or avoid this meeting.
The Bible says: God “has appointed a day in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead.” Acts 17:31
Philippians 2:10-11 tells us that every knee in the entire universe will bow before Him and every single tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is LORD.
Romans 2:16 says there is coming a day when “God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ…”
Revelation 20:11-15 tells us of a judgment day when the small and great will stand before the Great White Throne of Judgment. Kings and kingpins will be there. The unknown’s and well known’s – in fact, every rejecter of Christ will be there – no matter who they are. The books will be opened and the details will be exposed. And finally, the sinner will be shown another book where their name could have been registered as an acceptor of Jesus Christ. But it never was. What happens after that? Tragically, from the nail pierced hand of Christ “whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the Lake of fire.” Revelation 20:11
If you want to avoid such a tragic encounter with the Eternal God, now is the time for you to act. “Prepare to meet your God.” Amos 4:12
Why not settle with God today? Here is good news from the Bible: “Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the Just One for the unjust ones, that He might bring us to God…”
Acts 16:30, 31: “What must I do to be saved?”….. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”