21 Days of Prayer, Day 8
Our hope can never reside in the ability of any human institution to bring perfect justice. Sometimes American Christians fail to understand the limitations caused by sin and look for something utopian from our government. This view can lead to equating one political movement or another as being the clear carrier of God’s blessing.
Other times believers err in the other direction believing that the movement of Jesus has no real bearing on the justice of our society. In this error, there’s an artificial separation between one’s faith one’s involvement in society.
This Martin Luther King day, it’s worth noting the deeply Scriptural ties King made in his call to political action and the biblical teaching. Our faith beliefs should guide our treatment of others. Jesus once blasted the religious leaders of his day who made much of their adherence to religious rules while forgetting the deeper biblical calls to justice and mercy.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!” (Matthew 23:23-24).
We may disagree politically with the best way to care for widows and orphans and to help the poor. As Christians, we cannot Scripturally argue that we aren’t asked to do something.
Read the following passage and instead of thinking have-to or ought-to, think get-to.
“Thus says the LORD: ‘Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches,
but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD’” (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
If this is the nature of God— to practice steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth— then what an opportunity that we get to be involved in the same work as we seek to follow in His ways and bear His image.
- Asking how God might like to use you or your family to make a positive difference in our community.
- Ask God to open opportunities as we pursue partners in the Orlando area who we can help engage with to meet real needs in our community.