Everyone likes justice. The closer the harm, the more we desire retribution. How about when the perpetrator is someone we like or even a loved one? Then it’s another story. We’re thinking more along the lines of mercy rather than justice. How about when we are the guilty one? Like it or not, be sure that justice will eventually be served.
Look, we’re all outraged by brash, bold crime and equally outraged when the system doesn’t work. The bad news is that crime and justice of this world, both, will only get worse. Why? Because we’re not working on the same moral compass. Everyone does what is right in his own eyes. (Judges 17:6, 21:25)
You’ve seen it. Legislatures argue to pass laws. Cops decide who to arrest. Prosecutors decide who to bring to trial and under what charges. Judges (and sometimes juries) decide on guilt or innocence. Judges impose sentences, maybe or maybe not according to guidelines established by legislatures. Finally, parole boards decide how long someone will actually serve.
Is there bias in the system? Yes. Everyone is doing what is right in his own eyes.
Justice Will Be Served
The good news is that we indeed do have a moral compass. Our bibles spell it out. “Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.” (2 Peter 1:10) To our shame, we mock that book.
One day, all wrongs will be accounted for. Justice will be served. First comes death, then judgment. (Hebrews 9:27) There will be no delayed trial, no appeals, no plea bargaining. Each of us, alone, will stand trial beore of Jesus who knows all things and never forgets.
How will you fare when every sin is laid in front of you? Every lie, every theft, every lust? We will be crushed to see all the times we have been offered mercy through obedience to God, but none would have it. We will understand just how we much we have desired our sin over Him. All will fail according to our deeds.
God is calling you to repent of your ways and believe in the one he sent – Jesus Christ. Repentance is hard, hard, hard. How will you do it? By faith in Jesus. He is your only hope of salvation. “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Eternal life or eternal death. The choice is yours. Count the costs. Eternal life will cost you everything. The world hates Jesus, and it will hate you, too. Right now, the world loves you, but you will spend eternity in hellfire.
Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the Lord; and shall I not avenge myself on a nation such as this? Jeremiah 5:9