Justice is required of us; that is we who call ourselves Christians. Making righteous decisions is only optional in that we can obey or disobey, but the requirement and Godâ€™s standard for justice is unchanged regardless our decision or disagreement. God is God and we are not. We can use our wisdom to explain away a grievous decision made by the Supreme Court, but we would judge incorrectly because we are using the wrong measurement. When chalking out a football field you donâ€™t guess at a 50×100 yard playing service and 10 yard end zones, you measure it, and then chalk it. Anything else would be unacceptable.
If you did measure out a football field just by guessing how big it should be, it would be immediately apparent to even the least experienced fan that something wasnâ€™t right. When we use our standard and human reasoning to make decisions, the Holy Spirit within in us lets us know that something isnâ€™t right. David asked two simple questions we should use to inquire of ourselves:
â€œDo you indeed speak righteousness, you silent ones? Do you judge uprightly, you sons of men?â€ (Psalm 58:1)
David goes on to write about how the wicked will be judged by God, rightly so, and how â€œthe righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance,â€ that is Godâ€™s vengeance on wickedness.
If God were to judge the wickedness of this land, I doubt that the rejoicing party of the righteous would be very large or loud. Why do I say that? Because we allow wicked laws to be passed and we follow them because they are â€œthe law of the land.â€ Double worse is when we apply that moniker to a wicked court ruling such as Roe vs. Wade. Matthew Henry explains:
â€œWhen wrong is done under the form of law, it is worse than any other; especially it is grievous to behold those who profess to be children of God, joining together against any of His people. We should thank the Lord for merciful restraints; we should be more earnest in seeking renewing grace, more watchful over ourselves, and more patient under the effects of fallen nature to others.â€
I have been guilty of justifying my actions by my motives. Iâ€™ve assumed that if my motives were pure and the outcomes were not so pure, that God would somehow put my motives into the equation of His judgment. Foolish man that I am! My motives are driven by my heart and when I choose to do wrong, especially knowingly, then my motives are not as pure as I would like to believe. I deceive myself through the wickedness of my heart (Jer. 17:9).
The standard for me to use for making decisions is ever before me and I can always turn to Godâ€™s Word for a reminder of my deceitful heart and what the Lord expects of me:
â€œEvery way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts. To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.â€ (Proverbs 21:2-3)
In my own life, the worst decisions Iâ€™ve ever made are ones that seem practical on the surface, but in the end violate Godâ€™s righteousness. When I use pragmatism to determine my steps, Iâ€™ve now decided upon a system that determines truth based on the outcome of my choices. Again this will many times serve us well, but it can also come up against Godâ€™s standard, as is the case with any man-made value system.
God requires of us that justice carried out. He always has:
â€œYou shall follow what is altogether just, that you may live and inherit the land which the Lord your God is giving you.â€ (Deuteronomy 16:20)
Anything outside of Godâ€™s standard of justice is injustice and God will always condemn that.
More on that tomorrow…
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