As I was writing my sermon this week I came across this passage in William Porcher DuBose’s High Priesthood and Sacrifice and wanted to share it:
We may say what we please about the anthropomorphism of God’s wrath or vengeance; translate it into terms of those natural consequences of our sins, negligences, and neglects with which we ought to be well enough acquainted as facts of experience and I do not know that there would be much gained in the way of softening or tempering. All the temperings of natural consequences or penalty to which we we may trust must come along the lines of grace. There is all the tempering possible provided in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To refuse or neglect that is to cut ourselves off from all possibility and therefore all hope of mercy (p. 211-212).