God and Injustice

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God never overlooks injustice. Some people are quick to point out that other people get away with lying, stealing and murder all the time. The authorities do not solve every crime in America. Some may question, “how can you say God never overlooks injustice when apparently He does?”

Justice for us is when the guilty party is sufficiently punished for his deeds. The Biblical idea of justice is very similar. God will demand recompense for every sin and will punish every sinner. He will not overlook even a single white lie as we call them.

In His word God says that all His ways are justice (Deut. 32:4), that He is a just God (Isaiah 45:21), and that He shows no partiality nor takes a bribe (Deut. 10:17). In order for God to be a just God then he cannot overlook injustice. It would be a sin for God to overlook injustice and God cannot sin.

Yet, it does appear that some people are perverting justice. They lie, cheat, steal, fornicate, and murder but nobody ever catches them. They believe they are escaping justice or in common speech “they are getting away with it.” The people who believe this have a materialist worldview.

The correct view that you should have is a Biblical worldview. God says that life consist of more than just this brief vapor that we live on earth and that He is a just God. The police may never catch some people but God knows what they have done. Your mother may have never found out about ______ (insert your deed here) but God knows about it. Every sin will be paid for.

Spending life in prison for murder may seem like justice in a materialistic worldview but this is not complete Biblical justice. Prison time will never make up for your debt that you owe God. God will demand restitution from you. Every person that has ever lived, is living or will live will pay for their sins. God will punish them by casting them into hell and they will suffer greatly under the wrath of God for all of eternity (Mark 9:43-48, John 3:36). He will receive recompense in that because they will show the glory of God’s perfect justice.

Least you suddenly fear without hope the Biblical worldview teaches that there is hope in Jesus Christ. If you are a disciple of Christ then your sins where paid for by Jesus when he died on the cross. Justice is still carried out. Jesus paid for all the sins of His people, so as far as God is concerned justice has been met.

So to think that someone has gotten away with a sin is really just a short-sighted view. God never promised that every sinner would be caught before death. What God has promised is that in eternity every sin will be paid for. We will either pay for our sins or Jesus will have paid for them.

Sin Doesn’t Care About Race, Neither Should We

The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit do not care about race as they invite people to share in their grace, mercy and love. The Devil, sin and death do not care about race as they chase people to the grave. So if both ends of the spiritual spectrum don’t care about race then we as believers should not care either.

It is call racism but it is just a sub set of sinful prejudices, which is just another way to say hate. Mistreating people because of their skin color, heritage, nationality, or gender is still a sin. Some believers allow themselves to cary a tinge of racism that they picked up while they were growing up. My fellow Christians we have no excuse to let such sin linger in us. We can retrain ourselves. We are suppose to strive to see all humans the same way Jesus does. The image of God is in everyone. Yes it is broken by sin but all can be redeemed through Christ Jesus.

Jesus offers salvation to all without regard to race, skin color, heritage, nationality, or gender. So I ask you to think. Are you making Jesus proud of the way you treat people that are different from you. He gave His life for them. People that you are suppose to be offering the gospel message to. If you are not willing to strive against this sin in your life maybe you need to ask Jesus to take your eyes so you can't see the difference.

This post is to genuine Christian, all others please refer to the Knowing God link.

Bible References

  • Matthew 18:9 (NKJV) And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.

  • Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV) Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

  • Matthew 5:44 (NKJV) But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,

  • John 13:34 (NKJV) A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Vanderbilt University Leaders Acting Crazy

Christian are all upset because of a new rule that forbids student groups at Vanderbilt from restricting leadership positions in student groups based on sex orientation or religion. You can read more about that at Baptist Press.

This kind of rule cuts many ways. Not only by their rule can an atheist be the baptist student union leader but a fundamentalist can be the local skeptic club head. Not to mention the die hard male chauvinist now running for chairman of the lesbian fellowship and the pro lifer on tract to be president of the pro choice group. Am I the only one to see that such a policy is nuts that who ever thought this was a good idea needs to be reprimanded. Student groups form around common ideas. You can't demand that a group reject some of its ideals just so that anyone can be a part of the group.

Any time we try to silence those who's opinion differs from ours we become the intolerant bad guy. My conspiracy senses tell me this rule was driven by a hidden agenda without the realization that it cuts both ways or how it makes Vanderbilt the bad guy. My optimism hopes that it was a group of good hearted but misguided leaders who made a dumb rule and will quickly resend it. But my optimism is cowering over in the conner having been beaten by my conspiracy sense.

Evil Double Standards

A few weeks ago I watched an interview of an actor who's work I have enjoyed and probably will enjoy his future works. He was opened about the fact that as a homosexual he is offended by the Bible verse Leviticus 18:22 and that when he stays in a hotel he rips that page out of the Bible. He went on to declare how proud he was that he has inspired others to do likewise. Even the interviewer seemed delighted in the telling of his tradition.

It is not the fact that he is an open homosexual that bothers me. What bothers me is the blatant acceptance of vandalism. Lets turn it around. Suppose it was a Christian staying in a hotel and on the wall was a painting portraying two men lock in an embrace. The offended Christians cuts the picture out of the frame and throws it in the trash. The Christian would probably be charged with vandalism and hate crime but certainly would not be praised on national television and would be condemned in public opinion if he encouraged others to do so.

It seems to me a rational man would say that they are both vandalism and that is not acceptable. You don't like the Bible stick it in a drawer and ignore it. You don't like the painting hang a towel over it. But do not vandalize other peoples property nor encourage it.

If you think one is justified and the other is not then you are intolerant. The tolerant man says the hotel owners has the right to display his view.

Intolerant


You can't label yourself tolerant if your not willing to tolerate those with different opinions than yours.


Bugs me when person A complains person B is intolerant because B will not modify his view to tolerate A's. It is person A that is being intolerant of B's view. B may not even claim to be tolerant. A either needs to drop the idea that he is tolerant or understand that it means letting B have his view in peace even if he does not tolerate A's. #myonecent

One Enemy

... because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8b, NKJV).

I have only one enemy in all the world. Oh sure my religious and political views are not liked by all and even in some nations life threatening. And from some people's prospective they may consider me an enemy but I really only have one enemy and that is the devil. All the others are just pawns used by him. Stephen knew this. That is why as he was being stoned to death he did not call on God's wrath for his persecutors but he asked for God's mercy for them.

If you too call yourself a Christian remember that those that opposes you are not you enemies. The enemy stands behind them and they know not what they are doing.

Injustice

Seems like the last several days have been full of news stories about injustice. Like a man serving a 20 year sentence for abusing his children when he is innocent. Or man spending the last year in jail for not paying child support when the judge and prosecutor knew the child was not his. On the flipped side because of legal technicality many will go free. The innocent go to jail because they can’t afford a good lawyer and the guilty go free because they have great lawyers and the judicial system is more concern about the letter of the law than justice. That is frustrating.


I am so glad that I trust a God that one day will administer perfect justice. Every sin and failure and evil act of man will be judged. The innocent will be exonerated and the guilty will be condemned.