JUST US Part 1
"When Jesus returns there will be ultimate justice, but until then it’s just us." - Dr. Efrem Smith
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
God’s will for our life is CLEAR, we tend COMPLICATE it so we don’t have to OBEY it.
Two Major Problems in the Evangelical Church:
View #1: Justice is not my CALLING.
View: #2: SECULAR Justice is my CALLING.
See Tim Keller’s Article: A Biblical Critique Secular Justice & Critical Theory
Biblical Justice: As RESISTANCE & RESTORATION
Mishpat [Justice] – Carries the sense of true religion; it is the proper personal response to God that manifest itself in social concern, equity and the well-being of all God’s creation especially the poor, the powerless & the voiceless.
Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.
The righteous (saddiq) are willing to disadvantage themselves to advantage the community; the wicked are willing to disadvantage the community to advantage themselves.
- Bruce Waltki, Old Testament Scholar
- Resist a QUICK-FIX Mindset. Jeremiah 6:13-15
- Respond first with CONFESSION. Matthew 7:1-5
- Take a step this week to DO JUSTICE. Matthew 25:31-46