Having a passion for justice is a heavy burden to carry. At times, it’s lonely. Often, it’s antagonizing. And always, it’s a cause too big to handle. How do the followers of Jesus respond to the injustices of the world? We must accept our part with love as we acknowledge and accept the imperfections of a broken world yet never give up the fight.
Accept and act on our part.
God gives everyone a purpose and a job here on earth. I believe mine is that of a fighter. It took some time for me to navigate my fight, yet still be filled with the love of God. Let’s get real. I still haven’t navigated it fully, but I have learned to let the Holy Spirit guide me. I don’t always get it right, but I am getting better at listening.
With that, social inequalities make me furious. Dislodging the evil is my first reaction. Fight. Take down those evil doers. Let them have it because they are selfish, they hold people captive, and they ruin lives. I remove their humanity. I am still working on that, and God is changing my heart to understand the pain on both sides of the coin.
God hates injustice and avenges for those who are wronged. To fear the Lord is to hate evil. He hates pride, arrogance, evil behavior, and perverse speech (Proverbs 8:13). But also, God loves all people and wants all people to know him.
He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to the truth we’ve learned that there’s one God and only one, and one priest mediator between God and us–Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. 1 Timothy 2:4-6
Our first priority should always be to seek justice and love mercy (Micah 6:8). Still, it is imperative that we at least acknowledge the deprivation and the hurt in others.
Acknowledge the imperfections and find peace.
In the areas of peace, justice, and equity, we will always fall short on this side of heaven. The need is overwhelming. When the Son of God walked the earth and looked at the number of people that needed help “his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were like a sheep with no shepherd. ‘What a huge harvest!’ He said to the disciples. ‘How few the workers!” Even though the work is massive, God is clear when he says what he requires of us. Above all, we must act justly, love mercy and walk with him. We can never take our eyes of Jesus, or we will falter. The weight of the pain WILL BE too immense to carry. The peace lies in the Words of Jesus and not in the present life.
In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! [Jesus has] overcome the world. John 16:33
While we never fail at doing our best, we must let evil doers do their worst, and the dirty-minded go all out in pollution. Let us maintain a straight course and continue on in holiness. (Revelation 22) “And God will wipe the tears from every face. He’ll remove every sign of disgrace from his people, wherever they are. Also, at that time people will say, ‘look at what’s happened. This is our God! We waited for him, and he showed up and saved us. This God, the one we waited for! Let’s celebrate, sing the joys of his salvation. God’s hand rests on this mountain!”