Recent news headlines are filled with issues of injustice and racial tension. There are daily reports of police brutality and violence including destruction of property, looting, and injury to police officers. These reports beg the question of whether or not justice can be found in our country.
Jesus never promised us that this life would be easy. In fact He promised we would have tribulation. Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
In addition James 1:2-4 tells us to “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Paul makes it very clear in Romans 13:1 that we are subject to the governing authorities that have been established by God. “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” Paul also tells us in Romans 12:19 that we should leave vengeance to the Lord. “Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
As I work with women in prison there are some who tried to take justice into their own hands and because of that, they gave up their freedom. Even in the midst of their incarceration they have found forgiveness in Jesus Christ and hope for their future. God has forgiven their sin, but He has not removed the consequences of their actions. They are fully aware that they will have to serve the punishment that the courts handed down, but they also know that their eternal life is secure in a God who loves them and made a way for their sin to be forgiven.
The hope for true justice in our country is found in following verse:
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
About the Writer:
Anna leads the W.E. C.A.R.E. team for the Women’s Ministry of First Baptist Dallas, a widow, a mom, a grandmother and grateful to the Lord for giving her opportunities to share with other women in several ministries through First Baptist Dallas.