The Just shall stand with God, the unjust shall stand alone
Being a just person relies upon a personal emphasis that we find with God. By that we will see the understandable edicts that are there for our receiving through a humble adherence to God. When one thinks of justice and the Justice system of our government, it might bring pictures of rules and our Constitution which are not wholly in vogue according to many citizens.
Lady Justice, who stands outside court buildings wears a blindfold and a scale balancing two litigants' rights to be heard. God, who stands as a judgment seat of souls has removed his blindfold since each one will stand before him already convicted or acquitted. It isn’t as though some who are judged didn’t have an opportunity to act upon the grace that already was ours for the asking. Every person, who was evangelized through the teaching of others is given to forgiveness through the Cross of Christ and has heard in their heart the prodding of the Holy Spirit to accept this sacrifice.
When we die and enter into an unknown eternity each one must enter through the doors of justice and receive the announcement from the Eternal Judge, who is Christ, and get the news from a Loving God a passage to our eternal destination.
How does the description of a judge fit anyone of us if we are judged individually and not judges ourselves? Jesus told his listeners not to judge others. “As you judge, so will you also be judged.”(Mt 7:1). However, the bible clearly teaches that truth is objective, eternal, and inseparable from the character of God. God is Truth and therefore when we adhere to his holy teaching we become judges in assuring that truth is now laid upon us to stand up for.
Jesus told his followers to judge, not by appearance but justifiably. (see Jn 7: 24). Correction to a misguided person is a way of planting seeds of love and obedience to God. This is a mandate to anyone who has taken the role of teacher, even in a non-cleric position. Parents are part of that requirement as well as co-workers who take upon themselves a role as gentle protectors of another who has slipped away from grace.
Each time any of us steps into that pattern of reaching out to another stands as a judge. Those who have that grace and do not judge with love will be a judge that stands alone. He/she will stand alone because they held onto the mandate to judge with care and will be left out in the cold. It will not be one of comfort since the grace to teach is a responsibility and will be accountable to the Judge of Life. Christ Jesus.
A civil parallel to becoming a judge, using God’s gifts of governing their charges will also stand before the Judge after death. The justice that will be handed down to those leaders will be one of eternal punishment, unless through God’s eternal love they discover their failures and turn back to the Lord of perfect love.
Is this a reminder that our citizenship is being compromised on a daily basis and as each freedom slips away, the security of freedom no longer has the power of the Constitution?
Our leaders in government, not just America, but around the globe, will have to stand in that appearance before Christ and the judgment shall be swift and complete. Standing before the Holy Father and receiving his blessing will definitely not be a step of forgiveness from God. We are reminded that it isn't what we do as believers that assures us a fair judgment, it all relies on who we are in a personal relationship with Christ that will make the difference
Ralph B. Hathaway