No Justice, Just Peace

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Charlottesville, VA

13“If I have denied justice to any of my servants,
    whether male or female,
    when they had a grievance against me,
14 what will I do when God confronts me?
    What will I answer when called to account?
15 Did not he who made me in the womb make them?
    Did not the same one form us both within our mothers? —Job 31:13-15

We are living in a time when injustice, hatred, and evil have reared their ugly heads and revealed the corrupt hearts of many including our leaders. These malicious hearts have left mothers without a child, babies without a father or mother, and created a hostile (for lack of a better word) world for us to live in. A person determining that another life no longer deserves to be lived is beyond idiotic. It goes against everything God is.

In the scripture, Job has endured much tribulation. I mean he has suffered everything you can think of– loss of family, health and all that he owned. Job’s final defense to his friends, to God, and to himself, is a reminder of his heart. He knows that he has not just lived life for family and wealth. He has answered the call that each of us have to love God’s people.

He says that if I have wronged anyone, how can I stand before God knowing that the same God who created them created me? I ask this same question to every individual who finds it just to take a life or to judge a person based on skin color or where they come from. How can I confront God with hatred in my heart for the very people He created? Am I saying that He made a mistake; that He loves any one person less than He loves me? As much as I like to think that I’m God’s favorite, much like a child with their parents, I know that this is untrue. I know that a good, good father cannot love one child more than another; not when they all carry his blood in their veins. That’s not how a just father operates.

If we love ourselves as God’s craftsmanship, then we can embrace all of our brothers and sisters the same. But it starts there, receiving God’s love. If you don’t love yourself, it’s hard to love others. It’s always been hard for me to embrace those that I know don’t like me; whether it be because of being a black female or whatever other reason; if I know you don’t like me how can I receive you? But as I’m learning God’s love more and more and being overtaken by it, having ill feelings towards His children has begun to conflict with my heart. As it should be when you mature in Christ, I become less interested in giving hate for hate.

The anger and disappointment I experience in light of events like Charlottesville, or Freddie Gray, or countless other stories that remain untold, has left a disgusting taste in my mouth. But I refuse to sweeten the taste with retaliation. I am going to fight the burning in my spirit with God’s love. I am going to rally against hate and educate our children on their value and worth. I want them to know that when they are approached by evil, they have the tools to survive. They do not have to live in fear because we will protect them where they feel weak.

The motive of these “leaders” is to make us feel defenseless, like we have no power because they wear the suits of authority. Well, we have tapped into a power they could not possibly have a clue about and we are not afraid. Come against us if you want to, but you are going to fall down. What will your response be when God confronts you to take account of all of the evil that you have done? That you were doing His work? I think not. The lives you take here will result in your own if you do not get it right. God is sitting on His throne watching as you “play” Him and I promise He has plans for you.

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