An Exploring Faith Commentary

 

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Commentary: Calling on God for Justice in a World Full of Injustice.

By Bishop Gregg L, Greer (Editor, OneWorldO1)

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For people of faith we all understand that Biblical scripture has plenty to reveal on the subject of worldly injustice. Most of us (faith people) do believe that God is in favor of justice; we should know that he is very much against injustice, even in the most basic terms.

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 So the question is-Why do we wait? Is God cruel for allowing us to struggle and go through tribulation, or do we take “Justice”  into our own hands? 

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 Well, whenever we study-There are many other verses, in both Old and New Testaments, that give us an idea of God’s distaste for injustice-planted against anyone.

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 For example- In the book of James, we catch a deeper glimpse into the heart of God regarding injustice. As a Prophet James who historically we know as the Brother of Jesus-understood all to well that God is not petty or obsessive.

He (God) does not value justice for the sake of having orderliness, a common feature that we see as serious mistakes in today’s secular laws or Today’s courts common law. Where you stand the changes of being exposed to things well beyond your control-(like the “mean” Judge in our illustration below).  

Mean Judge

 

There are deeper issues at stake. In James 2, we see a discussion about partiality. James appeals to the group of believers who have been judging the people in their gathering according to their social status.

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James 2:2-5 New International Version (NIV) 2 “Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him.”

In the human heart, we must grow to understand that injustice is a sign of partiality, judgmentalism, and a lack of love.

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 When we strive to be righteous by our own human measurements, we invariably forget we are subjecting ourselves to possible pain.  Instead ideally our goal is God’s measurement: perfection. Anything less than perfection is, to God, a scale out of balance.

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Yes in truth the laws of the land may seem some times out of touch with reality and favoritism may seem to give way to understanding and compassion. Even when we turn on the news and we see a flurry of examples of people who are wrongly punished and can’t really defend themselves due to lack of resources. 

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Clearly, there is a lesson here that we must know: That lesson is when your faith and deeds don’t work in harmony. Consider that we all must move to the examining of heart. Look deep and ask this one question. “Doe’s my heart focus on Sin or God,” also, in all my life -Have I truly surrendered to what God would have me to do, or more direct “have I truly surrendered my life to God?

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 We all know that in the routine course of human life some-things happen that are beyond out control-but God prepares us to take the good as well as the bad, sunshine always comes after rain, maybe mot right away-but it will eventually come for certain.

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The question that you must ask yourself at this very moment is “what steps can I take to shield myself from worldly issues, and If I do fall on hard times how can I developed enough wisdom to know that God is orchestrating behind the scenes and he will pull me though, because I have asked through sincerity and through obedience. 

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People of Faith who seriously desire to be doers of this word will be all the more earnest in practicing the kind of law that is higher than the law of economic or political power. The law of economic power enables people to practice exploitation and abuse and blasphemy.

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We who are people of faith will adhere passionately to another law: the Godly laws, which command impartial, and unconditional love. (glg)

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