Justice begins on our knees
Isaac Ong // March 1, 2021, 12:13 pm
It does not take very long for one to find many forms of injustices all across the world. A simple read of the news today reminds us of the brokenness of this world and of man.
This brokenness has awoken and continues to awaken generations to stand up and take action, because justice, wholeness and equality are seemingly human desires that are innate to us.
Yet in pursuit to see the end of systemic injustices and the cancellation of every oppressive culture and practice, we often find many unhealthy forms of social justice that leave people hurt, angry, bitter, abused and defeated – justice devoid of love, compassion and mercy.
Social media has brought an increased visibility to the many ills and issues of this world, and it can quickly stir up ungodly anger in our hearts or past hurts, resulting in a social justice that may appease our hearts but not the Lord’s.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
God is not looking for mere justice warriors, but peacemakers.
It is vital therefore that before we stand for something, we kneel before the King.
The work of justice does not come before the work of repentance, the mission does not come before submission, and the public advocacy does not come before the private tears of petition.
How then do we serve a broken world? Not with our brokenness but with the One who makes us whole and is perfect justice.
“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.” (Psalms 89:14, ESV)
How do we do that? We start by sitting at the feet of Jesus, and letting His love compel and fuel us, and not building a mission around frustration or self-righteousness.
As believers, our invitation to love and serve is of a higher calling.
“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8, NKJV)
Justice is not without loving mercy, and loving mercy is not without walking humbly, and walking humbly is not without God.
So often however, the fight on injustice today is without mercy, humility and without God.
That’s why I’ve been so blessed by Micah Singapore’s Poets & Prophets Project.
Micah Singapore, a community and coalition of Christ followers, ministries and churches passionate about seeking peace through justice and missions, have brought together a team of artistes, songwriters, photographers, producers, devotional writers, singers and musicians to create an experience for those who seek biblical justice.
They’ve put together this album, a compilation of seven songs that explores themes of justice, neighbourliness, kingdom and the Christian’s response to the challenges of living in today’s world.
Each song is paired with a devotional, a song story and curated photography.
I’ve been so moved by the music, musings and teachings. What this team has done is paint a giant artwork of God’s heart towards justice.
It is an artwork that is painted by melodies, words and pixels. It does not merely highlight issues, but because it is drenched in truth, grace and anointing, it reaches into the depths of your heart to not just call to arms, but also disarm where deep healing is required.
Now, that’s justice.
So, have a listen. I invite you to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear His heart in the works and words of some remarkable peacemakers who are making an impact globally.
Biblical justice is not a “calling” or a “stream”. It is for all.
“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27, NKJV)
Whether you are already at its forefront, right in the middle, or far removed from it for whatever reason, I invite you to make time and space to listen to these poets and prophets.
Justice begins not on our feet, but on our knees.
Have a heart that’s fired up for justice? Check out Micah Singapore’s Poets & Prophets Project right here – it’s fuel for the soul which longs to right wrongs.
THINK + TALK
- What does justice mean to you?
- In the Bible, what does God say about justice?
- Where and how might you fight injustice in God’s world, God’s way?