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Hang On! Jesus is coming!!!
How do you respond to injustice?
Today, some people protest it; some people retaliate against the agents of injustice – whoever they may be but how are Christians to respond to the injustice and oppression which comes against them?
James calls believers under such pressure to “hang on” or to patiently wait for the return of the Lord, but the patience he directs believers implies action rather than inactivity.
It implies loving rather than resisting our oppressors. It implies living our lives in light of the Lord’s imminent return. It implies being people of integrity who mean what they say and say what they mean and who practice what they preach. It implies not returning evil for evil but rather good for evil – none of which makes sense to anyone but a follower of Jesus Christ.
Don’t get me wrong, sometimes we must fight for justice when it comes to those who are defenseless – the unborn, the orphan, the widow and the exploited for example need a voice in this world and our willingness to work for their rescue and relief.
I was reminded this week about the main priorities of Christ which were made evident while He hung suffering for our sins on alvary's cross. Throughout the gospels we know that the Lord placed a priority on prayer and doing His Father's will but at the cross we see that people were the prioroty of the Savior - sinning people and suffering people.
Jesus' mercy and grace towards one of the two thieves hanging on crosses next to His (Matt. 27:44, Luke 23:39-43) illustrates that sinners like those who oppress you and me were the main priority of His life's work. His other main priority was caring for those most commonly oppressed by the culture of both His day and ours - from His crossHe made provision for His widowed mother (John 19:26-27):
“When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.”
Jesus extended mercy to those who mistreated Him and died to save His enemies among whom once you and I were numbered; we can do no less in our world today. Jesus is coming back – when is not the issue, what we do while we wait is.
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