How Jesus Followers Face Injustice

The crescendo of voices crying out for justice in our land reminds me of Jesus’ parable of the persistent widow against whom a great injustice had been committed and the unjust judge. Widows back in Jesus’ day were very vulnerable and often taken advantage of.

The Persistent Widow and the Unjust Judge

Jesus says, in Luke 18:7-8: “And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (English Standard Version)

What does Jesus promise? That God will give justice to his people.

It is a promise you can bank on. It will not fail. Ask the Lord for faith to believe and rest in this promise. Most people in the world have no hope that true justice will ever come – that every wrong will be righted. C.S. Lewis said so simply and beautifully: “All wrongs will be made right when Aslan comes in sight.”

What are his people to do when dealing with injustice? Prayer is the way that we express our faith. Jesus challenges us to cry to him [God] incessantly in believing prayer. Pray Psalm 103:6 to the Lord: You are “the Lord who works righteousness and you give justice for all who are oppressed.”

What is Jesus’ great warning? He says, I am coming again and one of the dangers of experiencing and facing the harsh reality of injustice and sin in this broken and fallen world is that it can lead you to compromise your faith. Injustice can lead people to jettison their faith especially when those injustices come from people whom we should be able to trust to do right.

Therefore, let me encourage you to do the following:

  • Pray and ask the Lord to strengthen your resolve to trust Him while living in a world full of injustice.
  • Pray for the Lord to awaken in you a longing for his peaceable kingdom where there will no longer be any sin and injustice.
  • Embrace a cause for justice in the world and take steps to get involved in doing something about it. It could be racism and racial reconciliation, sex trafficking, the unborn, immigrants/refugees or some other type of injustice.

Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus and make all things new!

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