Doing Justice


"Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching." - Isaiah 42:1-4

God wants us to seek justice. The word "justice" appears over 200 times in the Old Testament alone. My favorite verse in the Bible is Micah 6:8, which puts it bluntly: "What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?"

Many people do charity work and mission projects, especially during the holidays, donating clothes, food, and toys, for families in need. During the rest of the year, people also build houses, serve in soup kitchens and shelters for people that are homeless, drill wells for drinking water, and more. All of these things are important, needed, and good.

But justice is transforming the world so everyone gets a fair shot. It means becoming involved to change the processes that keep people trapped on the margins of society.

Doing justice seems overwhelming, and we never do it alone. But with God we can do things we could never even imagine doing on our own. We can change the world.


"The Servant Song" - by Richard Gillard
Will you let me be your servant? Let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant, too.
We are pilgrims on a journey, we are trav’lers on the road;
We are here to help each other, walk the mile and bear the load.
I will hold the Christ light for you, in the nighttime of your fear;
I will hold my hand out to you, speak the peace you long to hear.
I will weep when you are weeping; whenyou laugh I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow ‘'til we’ve seen this journey through.
When we sing to God in heaven we shall find such harmony,
Born of all we’ve known together of Christ’s love and agony.

O Lord, may your justice roll down like waters upon this earth. Help me to be your instrument of love. Amen.
Jan 30 2018