by Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor
I’m not a bumper sticker kind of gal. I’ve never had one and doubt I ever will. Having said that, I absolutely understand why many people do share their love of school, country, sports or grandcats via the stickers. I did see one today that made me think that if I ever change my no-bumper-sticker policy, this is the one I’d have. It said: Sometimes there’s justice. Sometimes there’s just us.
The Bible talks a lot about justice. “He has told you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8 ESV) Sometimes doing justice comes in the form of making Martha’s Table sandwiches. Sometimes doing justice is found with a Shepherd’s Center volunteer who is driving someone to a chemo appointment. Sometimes justice is taking the time to notice your friend/coworker/waitress seems to be troubled, then stopping to ask what’s wrong.
Our court system doesn’t hold the exclusive rights to justice. God is looking to each of us to carry it out on a daily and very personal basis. God has empowered us to boldly seek out those who are on the short end of the stick and help them out. Jesus believed love and justice were intertwined. It’s hard, if not impossible, to have the truest form of each without the other.
A good reminder of this is found in the Beatitudes, the heart of Jesus’ powerful Sermon on the Mount. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6 NIV) God is telling us to long for justice so much we can almost taste it! If we act on that longing, God will fill us with the ability to succeed and achieve even more.
I invite you to seek out the injustices you see in the world and work for change. Write your member of congress, donate to a cause near to your heart, or volunteer your time. Who is required to, as Micah put it, do justice? Just us.