A recent article in Reuters highlighted that football (soccer) referees in Nigeria were officially permitted to take bribes from teams and players. Further, the officials were encouraged to maintain their “fairness” even in light of the bribes.
How can the referees maintain objectivity while selling their impartiality to the highest bidder?
Doesn’t the acceptance of bribery disqualify one as fair, just and good?
Sadly, this thinking is not limited to the Nigerian football league; in fact it is the prevailing contemporary view of God and his judgments.
Many believe that God can maintain his justice while turning a blind eye to sin. In so doing they believe that at the end of the day their “good” is better than their “bad” and God himself being “good” will allow them to enjoy heaven with him.
The problem here is the misconception of God; it is far too low of estimation! God himself boasts that he will not take bribes:
Deuteronomy 10:17 For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe.
For God to take a bribe He would forfeit his righteous and holy crown.
God has demonstrated the seriousness with which he takes sin in the relentless outpouring of divine wrath upon the head of his precious Son, the Lord Jesus (cf. Romans 3.21-27).
Let’s stop pretending that God is involved in playing games and his justice is for sale and instead let’s jealously contend for his unchanging character while rejoicing in his great forgiveness that came at such a price.