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Confronting Injustice

“You were not redeemed with perishable things…but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.”  1 Peter 1:18-20


“But Mike, but Mike, what about all of the injustice we see being forced upon us by the government? Haven’t you heard the old saying, ‘Evil triumphs when good men do nothing’”? There was only One man who ever lived who suffered a true travesty of justice, because there was only One man who ever lived who was without sin. How many times have we all avoided justice when we were guilty, from running a red light, to working on our homes without a permit, telling a little white lie, or coveting that which is not ours?

The truth is we are all guilty, as the verse from Romans above proves. We deserve any punishment from sinful governments that have come about because of man’s—because of our—sinful actions, and it is only by grace any of us have been pardoned in the heavenly courts. In his masterful work, Destined for the Throne, Paul Billheimer makes the case that until Satan saw to Jesus’ death he had not been found guilty of murder in the heavenly courts because sinful men had surrendered dominion to him, and he could do whatever he wanted to them without consequence. However, when he administered over the death of his first truly innocent human that all changed. He then became guilty of the first true injustice in history. I concur.

The greatest, and indeed the only, travesty of justice in the history of the world was the cross of Christ, for there the only truly righteous man was wrongfully condemned. How did the only man who ever suffered true injustice—the One whom we are supposed to follow, handle it? Did Jesus rise up in protest? Did He shout out in the streets? Did He see to it laws were enacted so this sort of thing would never happen again? No. “Like a lamb that is led to slaughter…He did not open His mouth” (Isa. 53). Yet all of our Christian political activists continue to pull out their swords, to cut off the servant’s ear in the Garden, shouting, “Unfair! Injustice!”

Jesus was a good man, yes? Did not evil triumph at the cross? But He did nothing. He let evil in this world triumph because it was not His kingdom (John 18:36), and He knew God was going to use the one, only, and greatest travesty of justice in the kingdom of man lead to the greatest triumph of justice in the kingdom of heaven on earth: salvation! I believe Jesus’ answer to us today would be the same as it was to Peter back then, “Put away your sword. Do you not know it was meant to happen this way?”

As with all important questions, the answer boils down to are we kingdom people, or worldly people? Be a kingdom thinker in this election season. Get free of the burden of this world and its politics, stop fighting earthly injustice, and start putting your time, effort, and treasure in to seeking heavenly reward. How do you do that? They call it the Great Commission. Oh yes, that will be time well spent. That will bring about heavenly justice.

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