The rise of injustice in the land seems to be reaching new heights.  Viewing the evening news becomes a somewhat depressing activity if it were not for the fact that Scripture contradicts man’s thinking that he can control his own destiny and therefore run rampant over the Justice and Sovereignty of God. NOT SO!  That evil is obviously being allowed to extend its tentacles of greed, bribery, deceit and lies, does not in any way discount that God’s Plan is on schedule and progressing in keeping with His omniscience and divine will.  The Psalmist wrote … “They plot injustice and say, "We have devised a perfect plan!" Surely the mind and heart of man are cunning.  But God will shoot them with arrows; suddenly they will be struck down.  He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin; all who see them will shake their heads in scorn” (Ps 64:6-8 NIV). The Justice of God will not be circumvented, however, God judges in His own time, not ours.  There are times that injustice is quickly suppressed and at other times, God allows His plan to unfold over an extended period of time, generally for the purpose of turning the hearts of the people back to Him.  An example of this occurred during the ministry of Ezekiel with a nation that had become immersed in idolatry and violence.  "Have you seen this, son of man? Is it a trivial matter for the house of Judah to do the detestable things they are doing here?  Must they also fill the land with violence and continually provoke me to anger?  Look at them putting the branch to their nose! Therefore I will deal with them in anger; I will not look on them with pity or spare them. Although they shout in my ears, I will not listen to them" (Ezek 8:17-18).  Why would God not listen?  Their cries were for selfish and temporal reasons, but their unrepentant hearts were still hard toward God. Thus God’s justice came upon them for … "The sin of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great; the land is full of bloodshed and the city is full of injustice” (Ezek 9:9).  The Biblical example is that of Judah and the Northern kingdom of Israel, however, the Divine judgment executed upon those two nations does not vary toward any nation that flaunts its corrupt and scandalous actions before a righteous God.  When any nation fails to execute justice and permits injustice to exist whether on the basis of wealth, race, position, greed or power, the Justice of God will be ignited for … "Consider carefully what you do, because you are not judging for man but for the LORD, who is with you whenever you give a verdict. Now let the fear of the LORD be upon you. Judge carefully, for with the LORD our God there is no injustice or partiality or bribery" (2 Chron 19:6-7).  God in grace gives opportunity for a nation to right its ways, to seek justice, to grant mercy, to demonstrate humility, and to represent His love and grace.  Just as God in grace, while we were yet sinners, provided salvation for every person through faith in Christ, so we are to live among our fellow citizens with the understanding that Christ died for them as he did for us.  There is no room for prejudice or partiality, but there is the necessity to defend the freedoms granted to us by God to pursue life, liberty and happiness.  That cannot occur when we pollute God’s standards of freedom, marriage, family and nationalism.  The consequences of violating God’s institutions will fall upon the heads of the people. Unfortunately, too many in this nation have apparently forgotten God’s promise and warning that … “When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.  Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice” (Prov 16:7-8).  God’s remedy for this nation is seen in many yard signs and is being given from the pulpits by God’s faithful communicators … “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chron 7:14).

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