Justice! by Pastor Andy

Psalm 82:1-8 NLT

1 God presides over heaven’s court;
he pronounces judgment on the heavenly beings:

2 “How long will you hand down unjust decisions
by favoring the wicked?

Interlude

3 “Give justice to the poor and the orphan;
uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.

4 Rescue the poor and helpless;
deliver them from the grasp of evil people.

5 But these oppressors know nothing;
they are so ignorant!
They wander about in darkness,
while the whole world is shaken to the core.

6 I say, ‘You are gods;
you are all children of the Most High.

7 But you will die like mere mortals
and fall like every other ruler.’”

8 Rise up, O God, and judge the earth,
for all the nations belong to you.

What is justice?

As a country, collectively, we ask what will make us great (again)? We’re all asking – no matter what side of the aisle we live on. Is it a wall? Is it deportation? Is it immunity? Is it open restrooms? Is it more tolerance? Is it less tolerance?

What is justice?

The question goes far beyond our American borders. It reaches out to European counties asking these same questions. Do we open our borders? Do we rescue migrants at sea? Do we deport some but not others? Do we bail this country out or let it sink?

What is justice?

It’s not just America or Europe, it’s the world. What is worse? Be oppressed or oppress others to survive?

What is justice?

It’s not just the here and now around the world. The cry for justice has been through all of history and through all people groups.

Justice begins and ends with the marginalized in society – poor, oppressed, orphan and destitute. As Pastor Chris said on Tuesday, it’s messy. Sometimes there is a reason…a fault, and it’s not pretty. Sometimes no one is at fault, but it is just as ugly.

But when the time arrived that was set by God the Father, God sent his Son, born among us of a woman, born under the conditions of the law so that he might redeem those of us who have been kidnapped by the law. Thus we have been set free to experience our rightful heritage. You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, “Papa! Father!” Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance.  -Galatians 4:4-7 The Message

God has more than justice on His mind. Redemption is first priority. God wants the mess redeemed – orphans adopted, the oppressed set free, the poor clothed and the destitute filled with hope.

This is justice.

Justine isn’t not about walls or bathrooms or borders or deportation. It’s so much more. It’s about redemption.

Redemption is justice because none of us deserve grace.

23For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.24Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.  -Romans 3:23-24 NLT

Yes, Jesus is returning with a sword of fire, but not now…not yet. Now is a different justice.

Now is the justice of entering into a mess seeking redemption so God can be glorified.

My challenge to you. Being just, go out seeking redemption.

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