In this post I will attempt to renew my mind and perhaps the readers’ mind on the subject of social justice. Studying biblical truth on any given subject clarifies our thinking, and if we allow it to enter our soul, and endeavor to put what we have received from the Lord into practice, we will have accomplished God’s will.
We see the discord, hostility, chaos, aggression and violence erupt in our country, all in the name of social justice. Let’s define social justice based on what we have recently observed.
Social Justice: A system that classifies people into groups and then pits them against each other.
When we judge the appearance and actions of others and conclude that what we see doesn’t meet our approval and begin to apply our disapproval to entire people groups, we have entered the arena of injustice. All manner of strife is created and the problem escalates as we draw others into our judgemental, immature, selfish ways of thinking. We decide we are justified in lashing out at others, demanding payback for what we perceive has been taken from us. In extreme acts of retribution, the property of others is trashed and set on fire. We are determined to inflict pain on those we scorn. It is amazing to believe that behavior such as this will actually gain the respect they are demanding. Seems to me the protestors are fighting against their own cause.
And is frequently the case, there are two sides to the story. There are those who do treat others unfairly and are worthy of judgement. It is far better to be the victim of injustice than to be the perpetrator of injustice. The victim has the opportunity to exhibit a Christ like example to others, perhaps leading others to the truth. To be precise, the acts of injustice are sinful and the church should not be involved in this type of behavior alongside the unbeliever. We must not allow society, the news media and the current trends to influence our thinking and cloud our vision. Our focus must be stayed on Jesus and His example of humility.
2 Corinthians 6:17 “Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. “And do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you.”
It is disobedience to be bound together with unbelievers. God forbids us to think the way the world thinks or act the way the world acts.
Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
There have been many people groups throughout the history of the world that have been treated unfairly. One of the earliest instances of this is recorded in Genesis 15:13-
Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be slaves there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. But I will bring judgement on the nation they will serve, and afterwards they will come out with great possessions.”
Notice the second sentence of this passage. God will bring judgement on the nation they were in bondage to and afterwards those in slavery were blessed with great possessions. May I say that if we followed this example and let the retribution be the Lord’s by His design, we will reap spiritual blessings in the future. Obedience always leads to blessings.
God loved the world He created. The world that was peacefully in order according to His design. This euphoria existed until Adam and Eve exercised their will against God’s will and the result was…well, all hell broke loose. Dominion of the world transferred to the enemy of God, who is also the enemy of man.
The sad thing is, many, many people believe this change of dominion is just fine. They no longer feel compelled to submit to God and His laws and statutes and instead they serve themselves and the god of this world. Their consciences have been seared. (1Timothy 4:2) They have traded the truth of God for a lie. They are self serving and self consumed. And so we live in the chaos created by man. Like children throwing a tantrum, the protestors kick and scream as if they are having grand mall seizures. The truth is, their way is not working. They are protesting and acting against those whom they claim are oppressing them. They are doing the same thing that they hate!
If only they would heed theses Godly instructions:
Romans 12:19 “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
Matthew 5:44 -45 “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven…”
We can and should be proactive as Christians in supporting justice. Extend the love of God to those who are truly oppressed, weary, lost and seemingly hopeless. These are the very people Jesus ministered to; the weak of society who knew they were incapable of curing themselves both physically and spiritually.
Proverbs 31:9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Perhaps a time of repentance is needed. In my own life there are times when my judgements have been wrong and I have falsely held others accountable and expected to be compensated. When I reflect on that now, I can see that I judged myself to be superior. That is certainly displeasing to God. Help us Lord to make right judgements.
John 7:24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgement.
Christians are to judge between what is good and righteous, and what is worldly and evil; turning to the Word of God to accurately make these assessments and then to proceed accordingly.
This is the response Christ followers are to have regarding justice. Leave the vengeance to God. Pray for your enemies. The proud and the strong aren’t among those who inherit the Kingdom of God. It is the poor in spirit who inherit the coming promised land of euphoria. And it will come. A new day will dawn, perhaps in the near future, and those of us who love and serve God will fly away. That is only the beginning of a glorious eternal existence where the promises of God will come full circle. Those of us who died to sin and self and are born of God, by grace, through faith, will receive the promised inheritance of our loving Father.