God takes His stand in His own congregation; He judges in the midst of the rulers. How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute. Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.
At church on Sunday, we talked about International Justice Mission and their work to bring freedom and hope to enslaved peoples all over the world. Though it might seem obvious to us that such an organization should exist, it is helpful to remember why we as Christians should care about it: God is just, and He desires justice.
The system of justice is one of the backbones of our American society. Its purpose is to punish those who do wrong and defend those who are innocent. God has given us government to restrain evil, but unfortunately some governments don’t fulfill that purpose. When we think about God’s justice, we can’t view it through the lens of the human race; we have to remember that He is perfect, merciful, and loving, therefore He is always the perfect judge. So we stand against governments that do not stand for their citizens because that is exactly what God does.
Psalm 82 describes how God formally indicted the appointed political officials for social injustice since their decisions favored those who were wicked. In His indictment, God called on them to administer justice in the world, specifically by defending the weak and fatherless, maintaining the rights of the poor and oppressed, and rescuing the weak and needy. The actions God was calling earthly rulers to were in line with His character and the way He rules the world. We care about people in unjust systems of government because God does.
- Have you ever thought about people who are suffering at the hands of their government? Why should you?
- How do you hope God will open your eyes to injustice around the world?
- Pray that God would give you eyes to see the condition of the world.