As you and I consider the ever increasing and more sinister tragedies befalling our world today: terrorism, wars, human trafficking, school shootings, abortion – our hearts cry out in deep despair for justice. And rightfully so. Yet at the end of the day, if we look deep into our hearts, we realize that underneath it all, what the world desires most – is not justice, but love. In Christ, BOTH are satisfied.
We Have the Answer
As Christians, you and I have the answer because only in Christ, BOTH justice and love are fully satisfied. However, all too often, we loose sight of what we are called to do.
The truth is that we are not called to make justice our ultimate aim, but to proclaim the God who is just. We are not called to rally around a specific cause, but to rally around Christ.
Then, as we become transformed and empowered by His Holy Spirit who grieves every injustice, are we truly prepared to serve God as His ambassadors in all kinds of ministries to bring hope, love, and more justice to a broken and unjust world. But left to ourselves, true justice on earth can never be realized. The Bible reminds us, “the whole world is under the power of the evil one.” (1John 5:19)
But there is hope!
A day is coming when King Jesus will set up His righteous Kingdom and establish full and perfect justice on earth, once and for all.
“But of the Son He says, “YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM.” (Hebrews 1:8 NASB)
We Have One Task
We have been given only one task before His righteous Kingdom and true justice are finally established. To go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19). Therefore, no matter wherever or however we serve Him, the ultimate aim of any ministry God calls us to is to point people to Christ. He alone is our Hope and Refuge and Healer. – the One every wounded soul is crying for.
“. . . The LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.” (Isaiah 30:18 NASB)
“In the past God overlooked [our ignorance and idolatry] but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-32 NIV)
Father, as we go out and serve You in the ministries to which You have called us – to reach the broken, forsaken, wounded, and lost – remind us afresh that ultimately, what the world desires most is not justice, but love. Through our glorious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, BOTH are satisfied. For this we rejoice and praise Your Name! Amen.
If this topic resonates with you, I encourage you to explore my Bible study, LEGION: Rediscovering the God Who Rescues Me.
This article has also been featured in Bible Advocate magazine. Shadia is a passionate Bible teacher, author and speaker who has a heart for seeing lives transformed by the power of God’s Word. She holds a master’s in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary and is author of several books and Bible studies.