Sunday Spirituality: Justice and Jesus on His Throne

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One of the strange repercussions of the contested Presidential election has been a plethora of very unhelpful Christian responses to any concern that this whole election thing was rigged. This is something I have personally experienced in conversations, social media interactions, and while reading Christian blog posts. Here’s how it goes. I (or someone else) is discussing the evidence of fraud in the election (or the general corruption of government for that matter), and one or more people contribute a pietistic sounding response that almost always ends in the finger-wagging reminder that “Jesus is still on the throne.”

Picture this, after Wednesday night bible study a group of church members is conversing and one of them, a professing Christian, says, “I struggle to understand why people aren’t more upset over the obvious evidences of fraud in this election.” Discussion ensues and there is a general consensus that something nefarious is going on with the election. This conclusion is derived from the interpretation of the evidence at hand. There is a general agreement among ‘said group’ that this is wrong and something should be done to stop, or reverse it. It’s at this point that the conversation takes an unexpected turn; in jumps either, super-spiritual Sally, or Pietistic Pete, (you choose which) who then invoke a stinging rebuke aimed at the entire group, “Why are you all so worried about this, don’t you know Jesus is still on the throne?”

It should be admitted at the outset that these folks probably have the best of intentions, but likely lack anything related to social IQ or an understanding of Christian duty overall. What typically lies at the root of this error isn’t a theological heresy, but rather a failure to think deeply enough about the issues at hand before generating a response. In other words, they think they are being spiritual when in fact they are really being callous toward the good and proper concern for truth and justice.

Matt Davis

God, as the Bible reveals Him, is a God of justice, and truth. It is a fact that He sends liars to hell. An issue of cheating is not one that God Himself simply overlooks and casually remarks, saying, “It don’t really matter because I have established My Son on the throne.” That’s a wrong conception of God. Sin is still sin, and God hates it. We, as those redeemed by Jesus alone, should also love the things that God loves (truth) and hate the things that God hates (lies).
Now, consider this conversation had a different emphasis but in reality the same topic as it still assembled within the moral realm of an injustice. If the conversation was about a man who came home and found that all of his possessions had been stolen, and his family was now destitute as a result, and further, the thief had not yet been caught or brought to justice, would the proper response be “Why are you so worried about this, don’t you know Jesus is still on the throne?”??

For the sake justice and righteousness I would hope not. For the sake of the comfort of the victim I would truly hope no one was this callous toward injustice. In fact I’m willing to bet that most everyone (excluding the most pietistic of fatalist) in that situation would be willing and ready to pray that God would bring justice and the safe return of what had been stolen from the man. While we wait in the wings of an injustice we do not consign ourselves to empathy toward injustice, but rather we pray that God’s heavenly rule would bring swift justice and restitution to the wrongs that have been done.

The problem is, many people only think of justice as something to be pursued when it hits close to home or it affects the particular propensities of our own heart. Simply put, we only care about justice when it pertains to matters we care about, and frankly, most Americans Christians don’t care enough about politics.

I recall a past church member who for years was aggressively pursuing “justice” in a work-related matter that was so minor and inconsequential to be a laughable, and yet they loudly abhorred any sort political involvement by anyone in Church. A massive injustice(s) is being perpetrated on society while you devote your life to a minor, virtually non-existent injustice that is relegated to your own personal life. Worse, in decrying the massive injustice, you are attempting to remove splinters from the eyes of the concerned while you exist perpetually with a log in your eye.

Why do so many Christians think it’s acceptable to pursue justice and be concerned that justice is upheld in personal matters but not in national matters? I think the notion of mass Presidential election fraud would top the to-do list of social justice warriors. Yet it’s not even mentioned and fairly well ignored. Why? Well, politics are difficult and messy ain’t no one got time for that. The Church has become lazy, and has been taught to simply let the world go to hell while hiding out in their basement waiting for the fairy-tale of the Left Behind Series to become reality.

Back to our responses to injustice. Ask yourself this “Is Jesus still on the throne when personal injustices are experienced?” Of course He is, but is that the first thing you should say to someone who is experiencing injustice or concerned about it? “I have heard many such things; sorry comforters are you all. Is there no limit to windy words?” (Job 16:1-2)

The right initial response to injustice is to seek and pray for all lawful means of justice to go forth speedily with the hand of God guiding and directing them. The wrong response is to act super-spiritual and casually dismiss injustice with what amounts to ignorance of what God desires us to pursue. “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk prudently with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

Because Jesus is on the throne, we should pursue all lawful means of justice here on earth.

While the first proper response to an injustice, is the pursuit of justice by all lawful means, what do we then do when injustice prevails after those lawful means have been exhausted? Well this is when we turn again to the throne and it now becomes appropriate to say, “Let’s not be worried, we have done all we can, and though injustice appears to prevail now, remember that Jesus is still on the throne, and He has overcome the world.”

In the meantime, go to church, love the truth, and help your neighbor.

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Pastor Matt Davis of the Reformed Baptist Church of Helena]




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