Is God Indifferent To Social Injustice?
by Curt Klingeman
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It is commonly heard that “the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.” It appears that those in positions of power pervert justice, and get away with it. Meanwhile, those who live in lower “social classes” are punished because they do not have the means to buy their way out. Criminals have corrupted governments; in fact, some who are in governments have themselves become criminals. Bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people. People call good, evil, and evil, good. Time and again people ask, “Where is God in all of this?” Perhaps it is time to get a Biblical perspective on things, and stop seeing the world through the world’s eyes. Maybe this is the moment to get a grasp on the signs of the times.
There is only on true Judge Who is qualified for the position. Man does not have the insight or the foresight to judge correctly. We do not know what is truly in the hearts of others. We have a tendency to judge according to what we see with the naked eye, but do not have a clue as to what is underneath the surface. Some judge others to be bad people because of the circumstances they are in, whereas, they themselves fail to judge themselves in the same light. They believe they deserve what they get, even if their hearts are pure. In the scheme of things, we do not have enough information to judge correctly. We do not know all the inner workings that have brought people to their current circumstances. We do not know who will repent of their sins in due time, and who will die in their sins because they have failed to repent. We fail to understand that diverse circumstance will lead people to repentance, whereas, “perfect” circumstances will continue to lead them down the road that leads to hell. For some, diversity is necessary for them to realize that they need a Savior. Conversely, if everything remains hunky-dory, those same people will be oblivious to their need. Question, what is true justice: God allowing someone to live a life that leads to ultimate destruction and misery for all eternity, or allowing adverse circumstances to come into their lives whereby they find ultimate perfection?
In the beginning, everything was perfect, and God called it good. When sin entered into the world, perfection left, but God’s perfect plan did not. God knows the ending from the beginning and made provision for the fall of man. While sin and misery increases as time continues, it will come to an ultimate end where they will be no more.
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful (Revelation 21:1-5, KJV).
It appears that those in high places are getting away with murder (literally and figuratively), but are they really? Proverbs 24:19-21 clearly states, “Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out” (KJV). Jesus Himself stated, “But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep” (Luke 6:24-25, KJV). Read Luke 16:14-31, which talks about Lazarus and the rich man, and see how God deals with injustice. Please understand that this is not an indictment against those who happen to have wealth and use it for the Kingdom; rather, this refers to those who are covetous. Take time to study the Word, and find out exactly what the Lord has to say about justice. There is not enough space in this blog to discuss everything pertaining to God’s justice, but let us consider one more thing:
There shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up (2 Peter 3:3-10, KJV).
God will allow things to play out in order to give people time to repent, but the time will come when He will wait no longer. Question: what sense of justice do you have? Are you willing to warn those in high places (or any social position for that matter), so that they do repent, or are you willing they perish in their sins? Whether people are rich or poor, moral or immoral, are you willing to warn them of the coming judgment?
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