8/18/2014

justice

Monday August 25th, Isaiah 51:  5 My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm. When we think of God’s justice we tend to think of bringing someone else to justice rather than bringing justice to someone else.  The first is often just thinly veiled revenge and usually turns around and bites us in the behind.  The second calls us to action and sacrifice.  It usually turns around and blessed us, our children, and our children’s children from the most unexpected places.  Our tendency to go for the first option rather than the second shows our lack of trust in God and God’s ways.  God’s justice will come into this world and into our lives.  We need to decide if we want to be a part of it or not.  Our current public conversation seems to be based on scarcity and the concern that others will take it from us.  The angels come and announce, Fear Not, and announce the Gospel and call us to live it.  Living the Gospel means living for and working for God’s Justice, and promoting policies that are in line with God’s Justice.  God’s is concerned with bringing justice to us.  God’s method in bringing us to justice is called grace.  

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