The other day, I was watching Pardon the Interruption (PTI), a show on ESPN where two guys discuss sports news events. One of the stories they talked about caught my eye for more than sports information. It was the account of former NFL player, Chad Ochocinco, who was standing before a judge on accounts of marital abuse. ABCNews does a good job of explaining what happened as he was about to be released.
The judge thought that slapping his attorney on the backside (something all football players do for some reason) was not respectful. He was not taking things seriously. She is probably right. And so instead of releasing him, she tore up the agreement and is making him spend the next 30 days in jail.
Now, on one hand, many people will argue as to whether the judge was a bit sensitive. Was she too harsh? By my estimations, it doesn't really matter. She is the judge and has the right to do whatever she wants to do in her courtroom, as long as it abides by the Law.
Listening to this story made me think about how people treat the ultimate Judge of this world. There are people in the world right now that are tweeting, writing, and speaking all sorts of negative things about Him. But that will change one day. There will come a day when everyone will stand before God as their judge. And at that time, I guarantee you, there will be no sarcasm. There will be no slapping someone on the behind. There will be no goofing off. There will only be humble submission!
"Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, 'As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.' So then each of us will give an account of himself to God." (Romans 14:10-12)
When we witness Isaiah standing before the throne of God, he doesn't goof off, but falls on his face in humility (Isa. 6). When the Apostle John has that vision of Jesus on the Island of Patmos, he fell down at His feet as a dead man (Rev. 1) In every Biblical occurrence where we are told about people standing before God, it is a very serious event. It is not something to take lightly.
Question: What would your life look like today if you lived as if you knew you were to stand before God as your judge?