Americans enjoy baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and justice. That’s not quite how the famous slogan goes, but it may be more accurate, especially at baseball games. Two teams vie against each other to make the most runs, while an umpire makes sure every play is fair (just). Often his”justice” (IQ, or blindness) is called into question, based on the bias of the fan.
We Americans grew up reciting “freedom and justice for all.” Unfortunately, the further America slips from its biblical roots, the further the meanings of those words have strayed from their original intent. Riots occur in the streets, and a non-Christian bias takes precedence over justice in too many of our courts. Decisions are made on false assumptions and without knowing all the facts. Our courts are as confused as Pilate, who asked Jesus, “What is truth?” How can there be justice without full disclosure of truth?
Yes, truth is lacking;
… Now the LORD saw,
And it was displeasing in His sight
that there was no justice. Isaiah 59:15
This verse was set during the reign of Manasseh, who “misled Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the sons of Israel” (2 Chronicles 33:9).
Up to a point, Manasseh led a carefree “do your own thing” kind of life, not worrying about the justice of God.
“The LORD spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention. Therefore the LORD brought the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria against them, and they captured Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze chains and took him to Babylon. When he was in distress, he entreated the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. When he prayed to Him, He was moved by his entreaty and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God” (2 Chronicles 33:11-13).
The recurring theme of “do your own thing,” is still popular today, and many defend to others their right to live that way, “Judge not.” While we may not be each other’s judge, we must remember we will all stand before God one day. In His court, the whole truth; and nothing but the truth will prevail. The truth is we are guilty. The penalty is death. It’s Hell for the “do your own thing” crowd and Heaven for those whose robes are washed clean by the blood of Jesus, clean enough to live in a perfect heaven. Could it be justice any other way?
If you are reading this and are still not convinced, please solemnly consider these words as God’s personal invitation to you:
Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him. Isaiah 30:18
About the Writer:
At a young age, Ruthe considered the justice of God, repented of her sins and asked Jesus to be her Savior forever. She has never regretted it, but can honestly say that, besides assurance that she will spend eternity in Heaven, she has enjoyed seeing God lead, guide and protect her through the years. One of the greatest pleasures is the joy of serving Him through the ministry of Truett Library of First Baptist Church.