Hope in the Face of Injustice
Emily Teterud – Marketing Coordinator
As we continued into part two of our Hope In Hard Times series, Pastor Cal began by addressing the reality of this past week’s election results. He acknowledged that, regardless of the way we each are feeling, we need to understand there are people who are afraid. As a church, that should concern us.
Our love for God and His Kingdom allows us to look past any leader in government and know that His power and grace still stands. That is what should motivate our thoughts and actions. The way we push people into categories and decide on how we will treat them based on an election vote or point of view needs to stop. It’s a dangerous road to walk down.
This led into a discussion on the topic of justice. Cal pointed out that we tend to have an idea about what justice is. Each of us is born with that sense—as parents can attest to! Most siblings experience the fights that culminate to someone shouting, “That’s not fair!” And quite honestly, there is some truth to that statement! We live in a world that isn’t fair.
There are two key points to flesh out this concept:
- Injustices will happen: We will experience them at one point or another. In a fallen world, this is inevitable.
- No injustice you will ever experience will exceed the injustice Jesus experienced: We should take comfort in this, as we serve a God who understands more than we ever will about injustice.
The truth is, when we really consider what justice is—beyond the trials we face on a day-to-day basis—we should come to realize we do not want “justice” from God. Total justice means everyone would suffer the consequences of eternity in hell—completely separated from God. Praise God for the “injustice” of grace and mercy, allowing us the opportunity to be in communion with our Savior.
As we look for ways to move forward from here, it’s important to set our minds and our hearts on things above, not on earthly things. What relationships do you need to mend? What thoughts of hate toward people do you need to repent of? What are ways you will actively show God’s love this week to a country and world that desperately needs to experience it? I would even encourage us all to move far beyond a mere post on social media and put this love into action in ways that will reach others. Think of those who need hope around you. You’ve been entrusted with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Let’s BE that hope.
Verses and quotes from the sermon:
1 Peter 2:18-20; 1 Peter 2:21; 1 Peter 2:22-23a; 1 Peter 2:23b; Romans 12:19; 1 Peter 2:24-25
Glory – Phil Wickham
O Come to the Altar – Elevation Worship
No Longer Slaves – Bethel Music