Heinous Actions

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Those were the exact words President Trump used to describe the Syrian attack that hit the town of Khan Sheikhoun, in northwestern Syria.  Rescue workers and residents describe the condition of the causalities in a manner consistent with the use of chemical warfare.  While the international community responds in shock and dismay, the Assad regime continues to deny any allegations.  If chemical weapons were used most people would agree it is reprehensible, but why?  Can you refer to an act as heinous and wrong without implying that there is a standard for what is right and what is wrong?<

To label an action as morally wrong, naturally implies that there is an objective standard by which all actions must be held up against.  This assertion makes perfect sense when we acknowledge the existence of an ultimate law giver.  When Paul was preaching in the city of Athens, he reminded his postmodern audience of this when he proclaimed, “…now He (God) commands all people everywhere to repent.  For He has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the man He has appointed.”   The Father has committed all judgment to be carried out by Jesus Christ at His glorious return.

This week’s attack in Syria is a reminder that for something to be called evil, there must be a perfect standard by which it is measured.  In a world where everything seems permissible, God reminds us that He is the ultimate lawgiver and judge.  Only those who know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will be able to stand in His presence and be declared holy, not heinous.