(November 12.2017 sermon by Konnie Vissers)
I often hear the questions, “If there is a God, why is there so much injustice in the world?” and/or, “Why would a good God allow people to suffer?” It has also been said that the religious population are some of the least just people in the world. People look on and wonder, “Are they doing something wrong on purpose?” or even worse, “Why are they acting this way in the name of Jesus?”
Spoiler Alert – Micah is a book that tells us that eventually, all works out well in the world because of Jesus. Three-quarters the way through the book, the focus turns from punishment and wrath to the prophecy of Jesus coming. The background of this book is that God’s people are not acting justly – they are abusing the land and abusing the people of the land, using greed and power.(vs. 1,2)
For a time, Grant and I lived in Lagoon City and there is a house or perhaps better stated, a mansion amongst the houses on the water. Apparently, it’s a seldom used vacation house for the owners and they also own a fleet of boats, one of which is a yacht with the name, “Cuz I Can” – this is greed at its finest. In Micah, we see this kind of greed but I too, inwardly reflect on this issue of greed. Recently, I overheard this question that a husband asked his wife in Costco :“Should we buy this? I know we don’t need it but should we buy it?”
Again, the “cuz I can” mentality.
The mentality of greed leads to corruption and at the end of this chapter, the land is given over to the enemy.
But justice isn’t just about wrongdoing – it’s about things being put right.
True eternal justice is about Jesus setting right of wrongs but we live between the not yet and the still to come. We have God in us – the discerning Holy Spirit to be our guide in this time but we sinners and saints don’t always live into our eternal identity. We still struggle with power and greed. We try to play God, we make Gods, we are our own Gods in the way we control. We crave things we don’t even need or want. There is an inborn stubbornness of soul that lacks the control of the Holy Spirit and we miss opportunities to allow Him to do deep work in our lives.
The application of justice is tough.
We need to connect with people. In her latest book, Braving the Wilderness, Brene Brown talks about the need for “rehumanizing” – this must take place when someone hasn’t been given value.
Christ rehumanizes us. He brings justice.
How do you plan to get your hands dirty in radical justice?