Where's the Justice Jesus?
Updated: Oct 19, 2019
Bernie Madoff is serving a 150 year sentence in prison for pulling off the biggest Ponzi Scheme in history. He was charged for stealing and lying his way into the pockets of innocent people who were fooled into investing their lives into his company. When we read about the billions of dollars stolen it's easy to be flabbergasted about the amount but overlook the depth of disaster. Families lost their homes, children lost their parents to suicide, people were utterly destroyed over losing their life savings. Compared to the destitute families, hungry bellies, and stolen futures, 150 years in prison doesn't seem like much. Social justice was served by our legal system but the ultimate justice will be given by God. When social justice fails us, we can apply biblical justice and watch as evil receives its just reward.
With the help of the camera phone police brutality has taken over the media and it's so daunting to watch. Even scarier is the thought of those who were abused or killed without anyone knowing their story. Hidden behind paperwork and starched police uniforms are the blood stains of those murdered in the name of justice. What is going on here? Where is God in all of this suffering? He's reigning in the hearts of those who seek out Kingdom justice, those who have the integrity to apply His way of doing things in the face of evil. It isn't popular to "turn the other cheek" (Matthew 5:39), to "let the Lord fight for you" (Exodus 14:14), and to wait on "vengeance is mine says the Lord" (Romans 12:19). We forget that God sees everything so, solely depending on social justice, or the world's way of repaying wrong doers, will have us living in a void. Until we realize that every law breaker and evil act will bow to our just King, we will live our lives with chips on our shoulders and hostility, waiting for the world to change.
Social justice has it's uses but remains incomplete. When we segregate the spiritual from the social we experience chaos. There are entire political parties who find it asinine to combine church and state but, we've seen the damages of that separation. It seems as if the world is allergic to God's will but raises its fist toward the sky as an act of rebellion. God have mercy. The world wants God to swoop in and save it without surrendering itself and yet, God has been the target of the world's malice because of all the suffering it experiences. We've taken prayer out of schools, the masses are fighting for the right to kill unborn babies, children are allowed to sue their own parents, and the list of travesties go on. Social justice can only get us so far before the underbelly of humanity's weakness is exposed. Justice isn't justice without a just God, its just rules that govern the behavior of man and not the soul of man.
Morality begins and ends with God. The concept of "good" for we humans is fickle at best. It's "good" for people to pay for their crimes with a prison sentence but does that system bring out the "good" in them? It's "just" for a woman to have the right to choose what she wants to do with her body but, is it "just" for an innocent life to die for the sake of choice? The world has gotten it wrong over and over again and, will continue to as long as God's justice; His way of doing things, isn't implemented in our social systems. Kingdom men and women are to be the extension of God's love for this very reason, ambassadors of Christ who infiltrate society with spirituality. We can't repay evil with evil nor can we rely solely on manmade systems. God's kingdom is from everlasting to everlasting, we must influence our communities to take on the world the way God intended; with dominion in our steps and love in our hearts.