How have I been empowered to fight for justice? It’s not just about the blaringly obvious injustices of the world, or maybe it is, but not in the way I’ve always looked at it.
Of course, we need to be aware of the clear injustices around us and I want to play my part in that but bringing justice can be done in everyday life. In fact, the injustices I face in my everyday life are the most likely places God wants me to take part in making right. Micah Kephart talked about the five global giants that envelop every injustice: spiritual emptiness, oppression, illiteracy, disease, and poverty. Each giant works in partnership with at least one other giant, but it’s highly likely that spiritual emptiness plays a part in it all.
Created in God’s image, I was meant to be whole in body, mind, and spirit, but the fall of man led to sin and brokenness so there will be struggles. The only way I can overcome the sin and brokenness in my life is by seeking righteousness through a relationship with Jesus, with the power of the Holy Spirit in me, and by embracing the love and correction of the good Father. It’s out of this disparity that we, as humans, perpetuate more sin and more brokenness when we try to fill those mistakes with anything from the world instead of seeking God’s presence in the midst of pain, mistakes, and brokenness.
I cannot seek righteousness and justice if I am not myself in line with the will of God and am not seeking righteousness and justice in my own life. Any outward action flows from the inward work that God has done in me. I am only capable of seeking justice and righteousness in the world around me because of the love, grace, and mercy that has been shown to me. Time with God, allowing him to speak to me, show me more of his love, and correct me where I need correction, is essential to my ability to be someone who takes part in the righteousness and justice God wants to bring to his kingdom now.
He wants me, and all who follow him, to bring into alignment the things that he intended for us here and now. It won’t all happen all at once, but how beautiful it is to see it happen in pieces before our own eyes. I can bring justice by having right relationships with friends and with family, by standing up for those who don’t have a voice whenever the opportunity arises, by seeking God in everyday things and obediently acting when he calls me to do so.
|ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shae Reinke – 2018 Immersion Intern