Greetings precious people. In todayís article I would like to address the subject of injustice. Injustice is, as defined in Websterís Dictionary, the quality of being unjust or unfair; lack of justice; wrong; that which violates anotherís rights. We see no shortage of injustices in our society today.
As I write this article, I think of the news both local and national that is making the headlines. Brenda Yates is on trial for the murder of her five children; the body of precious little Danielle has been found; an Illinois mother is arrested after her 10 year old son is found dead in their home; over 250 are killed in India as Hindu and Muslim extremist clash; hundreds of starving women and children gather at a food distribution center in Sudan and are bombed by government troops, many are killed. The list could go on and on, and this is just what is making the news in one day.
As we look at the many injustices going on around us, a number of questions arise. What is going on? Why is this happening? Why is God allowing this to happen? Over the next few moments Iíd like to address these questions and possibly a few others from Godís Word, the Bible.
The Bible is full of accounts of manís injustice toward his fellow man. One instance involved three men, King Saul, David, and Uriah the Hittite. You are all aware of how God used young David to deliver the people of Israel from a giant known as Goliath. All the soldiers in the Israeli army were too afraid to go out and answer the challenge of Goliath. Then one day David came to visit his brothers on the battlefield. He heard the challenges of the giant and offered to go fight him. King Saul agreed and David killed Goliath. This led to a decisive victory for Israel over the Philistines. David became and over night star among the people. They even wrote a song about him. It went something like this, "Saul has killed his thousands, David has killed his ten thousands." It went straight to the top of the charts. Everyone liked it except Saul. He became enraged with jealousy. On two occasions Saul tried to kill David, he even put a contract out on his life. Talk about injustice. David had done nothing wrong, yet he was treated so wrongly.
A number of years later, David fell in lust for a woman named Bathsheba. You know the story, he had sex with her, and she became pregnant. On top of it all, she was a married woman. Now what would David do? Would he make amends, do what was right? Unfortunately he would not, rather than to do what was just, he would choose to do that which would be unjust, terribly unjust.
In an attempt to cover his sin, he sent word to his captain in charge of his army which was at war to send Uriah home on leave, a little R & R. When Uriah arrived back in town and David had spoken to him, David sent him home to "be" with his wife in hope that he would do what any soldier would do after being away from his wife for so long. The problem for David was that Uriah was too honorable. He didnít think it right for him to go home and enjoy his wife when his fellow soldiers were still on the battlefield. When David heard of this, he had to devise another plan. David got Uriah drunk hoping he would stumble home fall asleep in bed with his wife and not remember if he had relations with her or not. Plan B failed; now itís time for plan C. David writes a letter to his captain telling him to allow Uriah to be killed in battle. Do you know who David had carry the letter to the captain? If you guessed Uriah, youíre correct. Talk about injustice!
One would think that after being treated so unjustly by Saul, that David would be careful not to treat anyone unjustly. Not so, for you see, man acts unjustly because he is unjust himself. The Bible calls it sin. It is manís nature to sin, his fallen nature. He simply does that which comes naturally to him. Why does a dog act like a dog? Because it has the nature of a dog.
Listen to Godís assessment of mankind, in Romans 3:10-18, "As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one. Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips; Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes."
King Saul knew what was the right thing to do concerning his treatment of David. David knew what was the right thing to do concerning Uriah. The person who killed little Danielle knew what was the right thing to do. For in all of us, God has placed within our hearts the knowledge of right and wrong. His Word tells us in Micah 6:8, "He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?"
Saul, David, the murderer of Danielle, and all that do injustice, do so by choice. It a willful act of our conscious. When a person begins to give themselves over to their desires for power, passion, lust, and other things, the conscience becomes deadened toward the God given knowledge of right and wrong. We begin to do that which is right in our own eyes. We are no longer guided by a conscience of right and wrong, rather by the want of satisfying my desires no matter what they may be and regardless of who might suffer. Evolutionists tell us that man is evolving to a higher level. How foolish! If anything man is devolving to a much lower level than that which God created him to be.
What we are seeing taking place in the world today is caused, in part, by man living his life without God. God is allowing man, to a certain degree to live, as he has desired, with no restraint. To let man rule himself and others by his lusts and desires rather than by Godís Word. We are seeing the horrific effects of such choices in our world today. As we begin to suffer the affects of such choices, the tendency is to turn around and blame God. To charge God with acting with injustice, to ask, Why is God allowing this to happen?" Implying that it is in some way Godís fault.
Neither time nor space will allow me to address the subject of why God is allowing these things to happen. In next weekís article I will attempt to answer this.
We live in a world that offers no hope. This is not to say that there is no hope, there is and it can be found only in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ the Lord. Do you know Him today as Lord and Saviour? Turn to Him in faith, asking Him to forgive you of your sins, repent of your sin, and ask Him to come into your life to be your Lord and Saviour. Start reading your Bible, if you donít have one weíll send you one. Start going to a church where the Bible is faithfully taught as the Word of God.
If you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests you can contact me at: Calvary Chapel of Alpine, P.O. Box 1528, Alpine, Ca. 91903 or call 619-445-2589, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Drew Macintyre is pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine