I have taken lately to read Dr. Albert Mohler’s blog. The most recent blog entry had a line that really intrigued me. The entry is about a recent study by a Baylor University professor on the American populations view of God. The researcher identifies four views of God. Dr. Mohler remarks,
This appears to be the major interest of this study — how are different visions of God connected to specific social and political behaviors….Nevertheless, I must look at this survey as a Christian theologian….Biblical Christianity cannot choose between a God of wrath and a God of love. The one true God is both loving and holy, and God’s wrath is a function of his holiness.
The emphasis on the last line is my own. I have to say that I disagree with Dr. Mohler here. Well, partially at least. I believe that God’s wrath is a function of who God is, not one part of who he is. God’s wrath is a function of BOTH his love and his holiness. God’s wrath against Israel in the Old Testament or Sodom and Gomorrah or sinners in general is an action of his holiness, yes, but it is also an action of his love. Wrath is a perfect response of both a loving God and a holy God to people who have sinned against him.
God’s love does not shrivel away and weep when his holiness takes over. That is not how God works. He is perfect in all things, so when God is wrathful, it is a perfect expression of all of his attributes – including his holiness and his love.