Everyone Pays

The cry for justice is universal. The cry is deep seated in our hearts for the existence of a fair Universal and Almighty God. This cry comes especially from the oppressed, the captive, the disadvantaged, the bullied, and the abused. Their hope and comfort is in the law of compensation or in some universal understanding of a law guarantees fairness of accountability and blame. No evil goes unpunished, no good goes without reward.

The Bible says we will be judged for our good or evil deeds (Rom 2:6-8). Just as death does not cheat us of the blessings we should be rewarded with and those we were promised by grace; so too, death does not allow the wicked to escape punishment. Scripture says, “the wicked will not go unpunished,” (Prov. 11:21).

Jeremiah asked God, “Why does the way of the wicked prosper? “Why do all the faithless live at ease?” (Jer 12:1). Divine discipline is inevitable. God told Jeremiah not to pray for the wicked. God “will remember their wickedness and punish their sins,” (Jer 14:10-12). The psalmist says, “I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked,” (Psalm 73:3). But God says that ‘The prosperity of the wicked will not last. Their wealth will have no value in the next life’ (Psalm 73:15-17).

Today let the righteous know God is good, faithful, fair, and eternal. All will be held accountable for their deeds--good or bad. None shall escape. Whether the righteous or unrighteous an individual, group, culture, religion, creed, country, class, race, gender, or community--none will escape. The law of compensation is universal and cannot change nor discriminate.