“And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.”
The saints upon the sea of glass in Revelation sing two songs: the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb.
God brought the Israelites an earthly deliverance, and he did the same for these Christians who were brought safely through these waters of judgement which came upon Jerusalem. The result is joy-filled thanksgiving, recounting God’s deliverance of the Israelites and declaring that He had now done something similar for them.
The second song, the song of the Lamb, declared by these saints before the throne of God appears to be a mash up of phrases from throughout the Psalter.
The saints declare the greatness and marvellousness of God’s works, specifically in reference to the seven vials of judgment about to be poured out on Jerusalem. Christians rejoice in the just judgments of God. If you refuse to do this, it is usually pride with what you consider to be good and right being opposed to God’s standards. But these saints declare a truth echoed throughout the Bible: just and true are God’s ways. Justice and truth are seen perfectly in God’s works alone. The question is, do you rejoice in God’s just judgements? His just judgements fall not just on entities or institutions, but on the wicked.
Men’s theology on such topics is made plain whenever application must be made. This week the world lost a heinous woman who opposed the living God in all that she stood for and worked to accomplish.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the first Supreme Court justice to officiate a homo wedding. She was also the woman who was not happy with where a woman’s right to abortion stood in light of Roe v. Wade. Why? She wanted a more sure foundation than what had been established in Roe for the future of abortion on demand for all women for all time. She did not want poor children having children. This is a woman who pushed for the legal age for sex with an adult to be 13 and who stood as a champion for feminist and LGBTQ causes.
How have some evangelical leaders talked about this woman in light of her death? Russell Moore, paraphrased, said the following:
“I had some major disagreements with Justice Ginsburg and we had some contentious issues before the court on matters regarding abortion and religious liberty and other things. But right now the most important thing for us to keep in mind is that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a human being. Her family are our fellow human beings and our fellow Americans, and we need to extend sympathy and pray for that family as they grieve tonight. And also I think we should pray for our country in a really divided time.”
It’s not so much what is said that is the problem here, but the massive gap of what is not said.
Instead of proclaiming the just judgments of God and calling for people to be sober-minded and turn to Christ in repentance and faith, evangelical “thought leaders” are speaking softly and refusing to call a spade a spade; vague words from the most learned men among us, with no true guidance on what to do. Pray what for our country you ask? Should we thank God in prayer for taking away a wicked judge? I don’t know, just remember she is a human being and pray. And, quite frankly, I hate hearing a Christian talk about abortion as simply a contentious issue. That woman loved to see the death of precious babies on the altar of female liberation.
“When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, And when the wicked perish, there is joyful shouting” (Pr. 11:10).
“The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; He will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked” (Ps. 58:10).
“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness” (Ps. 96:11-13).
“O that Thou wouldst slay the wicked, O God; depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed. For they speak against Thee wickedly, and Thine enemies take Thy name in vain. Do I not hate those who hate Thee, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against Thee? I hate them with the utmost hatred; they have become my enemies” (Ps. 139:19-22).
I’m not saying we should think of Ruth Bader Ginsburg as less than human, but I don’t understand this language that refuses to acknowledge the type of human she was. She was not a neutral human in her position toward God; she stood and functioned as an enemy of God.
I’m not grateful for Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life. I am grateful for her death. That is an answer to the prayers of many saints, praying for God to take away the judgment of having an evil judge in the land. Should we pray for her family? Certainly. Pray that the death of this wicked woman would sober them unto repentance.
But we are to rejoice at the just judgment of God in wiping out a vile woman who stood opposed to the will of God in so much of what she stood for and sought to legislate. We can’t be vindictive. We can’t ourselves be evil in the type of rejoicing we partake in. But rejoicing at the destruction of the wicked is as clear as day in the Bible. If that doesn’t apply to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I’m not sure who the heck we apply it to.