Is it OK to get angry when it comes to perceived injustices? What are valid injustices? What does the Bible say?
Someone said to me that they thought that many people got into useless arguments online. What’s “useless” to one person, is an “injustice” to another.
What the Bible says is clear. For example, 2 Timothy 1:6-7:
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
What is this Gift of God? Verses 8 and 9…
Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began…
So, if something is is godly, such as Salvation, we should be shouting this from the rooftops — I don’t think there’s any disagreement on this. If you disagree, then you need to re-examine your own salvation, because we are to be sharing our faith, not holding it in!
What about the topic of abortion? Should we take sides on this? Are there injustices here? Some feel that there are some reasons that abortion should be legal – for cases such as rape or incest, some feel that it should be available and legal for all, and yet others who feel that it should be completely outlawed.
As believers in Christ, we must always look to the Bible for guidance. As I wrote earlier:
People say that a fetus is not a person and shouldn’t have rights, but God told Jeremiah:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)
And God told David:
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:13-14)
So, if God knows all about us before we’re even conceived – and God causes us to be created in our mother’s wombs – who are we to rip His creation from the uterus? Who are we to play God?
Now, for those “New Testament Only” Christians — the fact that the Bible has 66 books, not just 27, you are on the wrong side of Christianity!
So we, as believers, are against abortion – without restriction. It’s murder, and murder is also wrong. Exodus 20:13 — of the Ten Commandments states simply, “You shall not murder” —Hebrew: לֹ֥֖א תִּֿרְצָֽ֖ח׃ (lo tre-TZAH).
And if you are a believer who believes that abortion should be legal for certain cases such as rape and incest – I ask, who are you to play God? If God knows each child before conception, and you advocate ripping this child from the uterus, you are playing God, and you don’t have that right! Same goes for unrestricted abortion.
Oh, and by the way ladies, your “right to choose” ended, when you CHOSE to sleep with your “baby daddy”! You have no right to choose after that.
Another area of contention are “equal rights”.
I’m all for equal rights among the races. Rights for women and men, black and white, and so forth. When it comes to gay rights – we, as believers, based on the Bible, must draw the line.
We love the homosexual – as a person. But we do not extend marriage to them. There is no constitutional right to marriage for anyone … it’s a cultural and religious institution. I, as a licensed minister, would never “marry” two men or two women, because it would go against everything I believe. I would also defend any service provider who denies services to these “couples”.
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:22)
A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God. (Deuteronomy 22:5)
These are two scriptures that prohibit homosexuality. Paul, too, speaks against it:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted. (1 Timothy 1:8-11)
Is this just limited to just men? Paul addresses that too:
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Romans 1:26-27)
We don’t hate the homosexual, but we do call out the sin – It’s wrong, and we as believers, should have nothing to do with it!
Lastly, let me address the subject of protesters and vandals in Washington Dc and elsewhere.
We are to pray for our elected leaders – I’ve already covered this in a prior post. We’re not to be protesting them. If they sin, call out the sin, by all means – but protesting because your side lost – that’s just wrong.
As for vandalizing property and hurting others – come on! If you feel that’s right, you need to examine your faith and salvation again!