Justice and Peace!

The slogan, “No Justice, No Peace,” continues to be heard around the world, as individuals and organizations protest racial injustices; however, as believers in Christ Jesus, we have an inner peace because we have aligned ourselves with the Prince of Peace. For this reason, we can march peacefully. For this reason, we can demand “justice” here on Earth without compromising our walk with Christ. Compromising is when we allow our anger to control our emotions. Compromising is when we withhold love from our present and future brothers and sisters based on their actions toward us. Compromising is when we put conditions on forgiveness. “I will forgive them if…” Hello! There are no “ifs” in forgiveness. Our job is to forgive without conditions. Of course, it is easier said than done but that is why we need the Father. We touched on that last week, but it is worth repeating.  

Well, as I reflected upon what would appear to be delayed justice for minorities in this country, I was led to Genesis 3:12-16 NIV. This is the point in our history when Adam and Eve confessed their sin to the Father. It states, “The man said, “The woman you put here with me-she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” (Side bar-did you see how he quickly pointed out that God put the woman there. Isn’t it like us to complain about a blessing when we encounter a few bumps in the road? Okay, maybe that is just me.) “Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (Side bar again- the Lord told her to do one thing and she could not obey him; however, Satan told her to do one thing and she could not resist. Who does that? Oh, yeah! Me. Let me keep reading.)  “So, the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” For years, I’ve focused on the sin and the punishment; however, the good news is that God had a plan to defeat Satan from the very beginning. His plan was Jesus. Jesus would be born of a virgin and he would die for our sins, so we would never have to experience death again. In other words, justice was served on the cross and we have peace because he lives on the inside of us.  

So the next time you hear or chant, “No Justice, No Peace,” remember that justice was served on the cross and we have peace because he lives on the inside of us. 

#Just think about it#

#Then, go to the Father and pray about it#

#Soul Searching with Our Father#