The Lack Of Justice Displeases God
14 So justice is driven back,
and righteousness stands at a distance;
truth has stumbled in the streets,
honesty cannot enter.
15 Truth is nowhere to be found,
and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.
The Lord looked and was displeased
that there was no justice.
Evil people seek to position themselves as far from justice as they can get. Their works demand justice, and they seek to thwart the righteous by escaping what they deserve. Darkness hates the light, and justice has a tendency to restrict evil from its effects. Evil would prefer that justice turn its eyes away from their works so that they would not reap what they sow. In that, those who are tasked to ensure that justice is meted out are threatened or outright bullied into submission, driven back from its rightful place in society.
Once justice is displaced, the people reject righteousness, because their love grows cold in the darkness of the wickedness that grows in the vacuum. The only path to success when righteousness is rejected is to embrace evil. The righteous will stand at a distance, for wickedness will turn its full force of anger and vitriolic hatred towards anyone brave enough to approach the wicked.
In the United States of America, as long as a person agrees with the wicked societal and political positions and stances that are prevalent, regardless of the person’s past indiscretions, they are left alone. But when any deviation from that worldview is presented, the people who once shielded them become their biggest critics and cry out for their humiliation and destruction. Labels of hater, bigot, hypocrite, and many others are relentlessly spoken about that person, until their character is fully assassinated.
Yet we are called to display God’s character. In Jeremiah 29:7:, God calls the righteous to pray for and seek peace and prosperity wherever we are:
Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.
As this turning towards evil progresses, truth is attacked as well. Moral relativism gives birth, and truth can no longer be heard, because, after all, what is truth? Truth is rejected by those who prefer the power that historical revisionism provides to them. If you can change what a person believes about the past, you can skew how that person views future events.
Take, for instance, the viewpoint that being of a specific race (color of skin caused by hereditary genetics) somehow magically makes a person “underprivileged”, “oppressed”, “victimized”, “downtrodden”, “targeted”, and any other number of emotionally charged words; it will have a tendency to affect how a person views events.
Predator and Prey
The innate need for unity in purpose forces evil to destroy that which cannot coexist with its ideology and worldview. Truth and lies cannot commingle. Those who live in lies despise the very thing that exposes their actions for the evil practices that they are. Truth and righteousness are then hunted down and extinguished by the unrighteous, so that they will not be reminded of evilness within them. Wicked people seek to salve their conscience, because their conscience conflicts with their goals and agendas. Or, as we have seen with the LGBT community, it is not enough to merely tolerate the differences of opinion in viewpoints – everyone MUST agree with and publicly endorse their viewpoint, or be destroyed for their “insolence” in rejecting “the enlightened view”.
God is never pleased when the vehicles that He created to display His character, honor, and glory refuse to act in the manner for which they were created. God is greatly displeased when Truth, Righteousness, and the shunning of evil are sought out and destroyed for doing exactly what they were meant to be doing – displaying Almighty God’s character and His love, mercy, grace, and righteousness.
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: Are we suppressing the truth with unrighteousness?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, You are very patient with us given the state of the world today. Your word says that Your mercies renew every morning, but there will come a time when You can no longer be found. Father, work in the hearts of those whose evil predisposes them to shun Your light. Help their hearts to break over their sin. Show them the price that needed to be paid in order to redeem us to You. And guide each of us towards truth, justice, and righteousness. This I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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