“God stands in the congregation of the mighty; He judges among the gods. How long will you judge unjustly, And show partiality to the wicked? Selah Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; Free them from the hand of the wicked. They do not know, nor do they understand; They walk about in darkness; All the foundations of the earth are unstable. I said, “You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High. But you shall die like men, And fall like one of the princes.” Arise, O God, judge the earth; For You shall inherit all nations.”
Psalms 82:1-8 NKJV
The worldwide pandemic has resulted in a massive redistribution of wealth, as those at the top have seen their fortunes increase, and those at the bottom have seen their livelihoods threatened and even destroyed. Our economy has moved from one made up of ”Ma and Pa” small businesses, to one based on corporations. Even the politics of the world has moved toward corporatism.
With the change in the economic and political nature of our world, so has our perception of justice. There is no one really representing the individual, as those who have been anointed to represent us have moved to serving corporate interests. Huge swaths of humanity have been forgotten and are unheard.
I have learned that true justice only comes from God.
I paused on Psalm 82 this morning, and I thought of the circumstances of this present time as viewed through God. In the passage, He is standing amidst the congregation of small ‘g’ gods, heavenly beings, and earthly judges or leaders, anointed to look after the issues of humanity. In their inherent limitations, they have failed to provide true justice.
Those in authority in our world, have been placed in that authority by God. We have the president we have because God put him there. We have the leaders in every aspect of our life by the sovereignty of God.
“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.”
Romans 13:1 NKJV
We are subject to those authorities as long as what they expect of us does not go against what is expected of us by our God. We must obey God and not man.
“So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.””
Acts 4:18-20 NKJV
Those in power have authority from God, but they also have responsibility and will be judged accordingly. God will judge them for their showing of partiality, for their lifting of the mighty and the wicked.
In the time to come, God will judge the powers of the world for what they have done. They have been charged to look after the poor and needy, the afflicted, and charged with freeing them from the hand of those who bring injustice.
God has provided the vehicle to deal with injustice, to provide for the poor and needy. The Gospel is the leveler of the ground, the provider of the justice of God. In Christ, the mighty are brought low and the low lifted. There is no dividing line between people and there will be no suburbs in Heaven.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Galatians 3:28-29 NKJV
Jesus is the answer to all the worlds problems, all the inequalities, all the inequities, all the afflictions. Jesus is coming again to bring the ulimate reset to the world. He will make all things new.
For those of us in the body of Christ, we must be about the business of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ while there is still time. Instead of trying to extract some kind of justice from dying systems that offer a flawed, temporary remediation for the ills of this world, it is far better to look to Jesus.
By every measure it is clear that life on this frail, blue planet will not get better, and will indeed wax worse and worse. Every effort we put into making it a better place is futile. in the Gospel, we have example after example of lives made new, of people being transformed, healed and empowered.
We have witnessed the changing of hearts of those who hate, to hearts full of love.
We must be about pointing people to Jesus, and the true justice that only He can bring. If we march, let us march for the Gospel, proclaiming the One who died for our sins, was buried and rose again victorious.
“The LORD reigns; Let the earth rejoice; Let the multitude of isles be glad! Clouds and darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.”
Psalms 97:1-2 NKJV