Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the public squares, and uprightness cannot enter. Truth is lacking, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. The Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice.
In this culture of “fake news,” I have a growing concern that truth appears to be stumbling in our public squares and that believers in Christ are tempted to stand back. I see arguments about the injustices of racial discrimination, abortion, economics, politics and more. So I want to know the justice to God and how I can please Him in the midst of any corruption, oppression, or tyranny.
The Bible says that when we treat someone better than they deserve it is called grace and when we treat someone worse than they deserve it is called injustice. The sin of injustice has touched every part of history and serves as a central theme of the gospel and its redemption of mankind. Jesus spent most of his ministry loving the poor and the oppressed. Jesus then experienced the ultimate form of injustice, when being innocent He paid the harsh penalty of the cross for all of our sins.
“… Like a sheep He was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He opens not his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For His life is taken away from the earth.”
Acts 8: 32-33
Acts 8: 32-33
We need to care about all injustices, especially those perpetrated against God. When Jesus paid the penalty for our sin it was the ultimate offense and injustice. Justice was denied him when He chose to become our advocate before the Father.
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 2:1-2
1 John 2:1-2
Jesus used His position before the Father to demonstrate perfectly to us the role of the advocate. Jesus used His higher position and glory as leverage. His status was that of the perfect person of beauty and glory but yet is described as having no beauty that we may desire him. His standard was not an earthy one but one of heaven,
… He had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.
There is a spiritual injustice by mankind that happens when someone believes that God has passed them over because of an earthly standard or situation. Sin is at work when we blame God as the oppressor when He is actually the Savior.
O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.
We are all God’s image-bearers. When God teaches us to love our neighbor it means that others deserve what we deserve. Let’s not let sin make us think that we are any more or less deserving of God’s justice and love. Maybe those in a higher position would do good to remember that they are first sinners before God and to those in a lower position it would do good to remember they are children of the most high king!
What injustices do you see? How can you be an advocate for someone else today?
– Pastor Josh