We live in a world that is littered with injustices.  Injustices such as human trafficking, slavery, and the systematic annihilation of people groups, have pledged our world for centuries.  Many of these injustices are still ongoing today in countries around the world, and they are compounded by corrupt individuals in governments who take advantage of those they are supposed to protect and serve.  The lust for power, prestige, position and prosperity are just some of the evil forces that have consumed leaders as they have taken advantage of others in order to achieve their goals.

 Americans have a history that is riddled with injustices.  Not only did our ancestors oppress and look down upon different people groups as inferior, but we were guilty of teaching, promoting and standing by while these injustices were carried out.  Even today oppression continues to be propagated by certain hate groups, racism remains a divisive within our culture, and all the power players use race issues to stir up strife, and create divisions all in an effort to achieve their own self-serving agendas.

 Peaceful protests against injustice and racism along with rioting and violence have been taking place all across our nation.  Some believe a difference is being made while others believe the violence and rioting are making things worst.  One thing is certain, it is time for hatred in all of it ugly forms to come to an end, but how can this happen?

 We need to consider how our own actions can make a difference.  Calling, writing letters and emailing our elected representatives can help.  Getting involved in helps ministries and organizations that provide help to people in need are other ways we can be the solution. There are so many positive ways we can make a difference, but we should resist becoming entangled in envy and self-seeking, for where these exist confusion and every evil arise. (James 3:16) The most effective way is to follow the path where our Lord guides.  Pray for our leaders and all who hold positions of authority that they would act on our behalf to bring about justice for all.  Intercede for those who have been mistreated and minister to their needs and above all walk in love.

Proverbs 14:12 states, “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”  Holy wars were fought in God’s name, but did not honor His name. Riots and violence may seem like the only way to get results, but only produce destruction and chaos.

David said, “He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name sake.”  The New Living translation says, “He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.”  Righteousness in this verse means right or just. We need to start asking the question again, “What would Jesus do?” He would proclaim the good news so the hearts of sinful humanity could be changed.  He would guide us in service of others and have us teach them in Christ Jesus that there is no longer any slave or free, male or female for we are all one. (Galatians 3:28) Hatred can be forgiven and overcome by the good news of Jesus’ love.

 

Pastor Jonathan

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