Longing for Justice

We know when something just isn't right.  We feel indignant when somebody lies blatantly to our face, or betrays our trust after they gave us their word.  It bothers us when the wrong person is punished, and the guilty person escapes without consequences. 

 

Whether major or minor, these experiences tap into our sense of justice.  What's one thing in this world that you feel just isn't right or fair? 

 

More importantly, what do you wish could be done about it?  How can we respond?

 

It can be overwhelming or paralyzing to think about this, and sometimes we might ask, "What can be done?  Can I really make a difference?"

 

Unfortunately, this has led to many Christians who have neglected matters of justice and social work over the decades.  But Jesus was never passive when it came to matters of abuse or corruption.  He confronted religious leaders of his day about their hypocrisy.  He overturned the tables of people who were corruptly making money from religion. 

 

Jesus said, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."  God's heart is that all things that are "wrong" in the world would be made right -- from the bad things each of us does individually, to unfair realities in the world like starvation, poverty, and disease.  The message of Christianity is that God has given us a way to make things right -- through Jesus, who died and lives to restore all things.   

 

 
John 2:13-16
 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there.  And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.   And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade.
Matthew 25:42-46
I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.
 
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How does this fit into the bigger picture?  What might this mean for my life?