DayBreaks for 10/22/13 – The Answer to Injustice
Isaiah 58:6-8 (MSG) This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts. 7 What I’m interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. 8 Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The GOD of glory will secure your passage.
The Word is clear: God knows everything about us. Recently I was talking with a friend and I was sharing that a God that is big enough to have created everything out of nothing is also big enough to know how many hairs are on our heads and the words inside of our heads, too. It’s therefore true that if you are being bullied in school, God knows about it and God hates it. If you are being harassed in the workplace, for any reason, God hates it. If you are being taken advantage of–or if you are taking unfair advantage of someone else–there will be a day of reckoning. If there is anyone anywhere praying for God to intervene and put an end to their oppression, eventually that prayer will be heard and that which is wrong will be set right. That’s the promise of Scripture.
So, are we to just sit around and wait for that day to arrive? I think not. Let me tell you a story.
A young black man asked his minister why their people had to suffer so much poverty, hardship, and oppression. “Why doesn’t God do something?” he wailed.
“He has,” said that wise pastor. “He has created you.”
And so Desmond Tutu, now the archbishop of South Africa, became the answer to his own question.
That’s a good lesson for you and me. While we are waiting for God to bring in a perfect and just society, you and I are God’s answer to the injustice in our world right now. That’s what it means to take up a cross and follow Jesus. It’s not a comfortable position to be in. It’s not popular. But it is Christ’s way.
PRAYER: We would rather that you took immediate action to solve all injustice instead of waiting, but until you act, help us to act in your name and with your authority to bring such things to an end as much as possible. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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