This week my pastor preached on letting go for our need for justice. He has been doing a year long series on relationships and how we can become better people to benefit those around us. When we are able to let go of our personal need to be right and to get back at those that hurt us then we are just plain happier people. I struggled with this message because there is so much scripture that speaks about God’s love for justice and how much He hates injustice. After talking with friends and elders, it became clear that this was letting go of our need for “personal” justice and with this I can totally get on board with. This is turning the other cheek when people say bad things about you or steal from you. It is very much the giving and taking relationship that you find in healthy marriages, it is the picking up of the dirty socks and giving grace to a rough day. This is not saying it is ok to lie and to turn a blind eye to social injustice.
I have let go for the need for personal justice, but social justice is another story. As a society, our justice system runs so that you are guilty until proven innocent. People can say whatever evil they want, and you will have to pay. And if you have the proof you are innocent, you will not get a fair trial unless, you can write the check. Hundreds of thousands of dollars. Nothing has changed since the middle ages, only those that have enough money can fight the system. The poor are told to plea to crimes they didn’t commit because you can’t beat the machine that has become the judicial branch of government. There is no moral compass between right and wrong, between truth and lies. The justice system simply goes to the highest bidder.
America has lost it’s way. Society is spinning out of control. No one knows right from wrong. Paul warns us of these people in his 2nd letter to Timothy.
But you need to be aware that in the final days the culture of society will become extremely fierce and difficult for the people of God. People will be self-centered lovers of themselves and obsessed with money. They will boast of great things as they strut around in their arrogant pride and mock all that is right. They will ignore their own families. They will be ungrateful and ungodly. They will become addicted to hateful and malicious slander. Slaves to their desires, they will be ferocious, belligerent haters of what is good and right. With brutal treachery, they will act without restraint, bigoted and wrapped in clouds of their conceit. They will find their delight in the pleasures of this world more than the pleasures of the loving God. They may pretend to have a respect for God, but in reality they want nothing to do with God’s power. Stay away from people like these! (3:1-5 TPT)
This sounds eerily familiar as the passage found in Proverbs 6
There are six evils God truly hates
and a seventh that is an abomination to him:
Putting others down while considering yourself superior,
spreading lies and rumors,
spilling the blood of the innocent,
plotting evil in your heart toward another,
gloating over doing what’s plainly wrong,
spouting lies in false testimony,
and stirring up strife between friends.
These are entirely despicable to God! (16-19 TPT)
I trust my future to God. I know He will make all things right. This is where my hope lies, it is the assurance of things hoped for, the convictions of things yet unseen. (Hebrews 11:1) I don’t see how this all works out, but I know it works out for my good, and it will give me a good future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) I also know that no weapon formed against me shall prosper and every tongue that accuses me in judgement, I will condemn because that is my heritage as a servant of the Lord and all vindication is in His able hands. (Isaiah 54:17) I have no trust in any man to come through for me, no trust in the justice system, all my trust is placed firmly in Christ and wouldn’t you know… He always comes through. The same arms that spanned a wooden cross, wrap me up in love. The same hands that were pierced for my sins, wipe away every tear. The same Savior that died, rose again 3 days later defeating sin, death and the grave, once and for all. So does it really matter what anyone says about you? God has called you His, what can mere man do to you? This is where I find the grace to walk away from injustice, and take a stand in forgivness and live a life full of joy.