‘Learn to do good; Seek justice’
We as Christians are called to seek justice…but do we really? The optimist in me would like to say ‘yes’, but the realist says ‘no’. I only have to turn on the news to get a glimpse of the injustice in the world. But being so removed from the harsh realities, we continue with our everyday lives without giving it much thought. What if I told you that there is injustice happening every day in our own lives? That yes, you and I witness it every day and do very little about it. This is the hard truth; that we as Christians are failing to do good. That we are the reason that injustice exists. And its right about here that most of us stop and say, “well, what about them?” But God gave us, Christians, His law – He has trusted us with it. In fact, God has told us exactly how to seek justice: Love.
We are called many times to love. We are called to love God, ourselves, family, friends, neighbours, strangers and those who do us wrong. God tells us that we can “overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21). But we hold back, even with our nearest and dearest. We do not give our love freely and willingly. We hold grudges. We gossip. We think to ourselves, “how could they?” But I ask, what authority do we have to think like that? Aren’t we all sinners? Didn’t God create each and every one of us? Did God not willingly die for each of us? And if we truly believed this, we would look to our own sins and self-reflect before realising that we have no right to judge others. If we truly loved, it would be evident in today’s world because love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8); we would not see the sins of others.
Now being filled with the love of Christ, we would not be able to sit still. It only takes a split second to realise that someone is filled with love. It is so clear and evident. Their joy is beaming and radiating. It is contagious and spreads like wildfire. They become the salt and light. They season and provide clarity to the world.
This is our role in society: “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavour, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world…” (Matthew 5:13-14).
Salt is used to preserve and to give flavour. It also holds religious and sacrificial significance while it also stings and disinfects us so that we may benefit (Leviticus 2:13). The light, however, is the divine law which provides us with clear vision and life and is a precondition for living. As God’s children, we aren’t supposed to shy away from our duties or be quiet about our faith. We are supposed to uphold the word of Christ and allow it to speak for itself. But this is the issue today, too many of us are quiet about our faith. We are too scared to speak up. We are too complacent with our lives. We think it doesn’t affect us. We don’t feel the true love, love that is limitless. We aren’t lit up. But we should be! We should have the word of God engraved in our hearts. We should have the most intimate and precious relationship with God. We should dig deep within ourselves. We should give up our time for others. We should see a need and do something about it. Being a Christian isn’t just about believing, faith alone is not enough. We must also act because faith without love is nothing.
And so, I’m left asking: where is the love?
SAYG ~ Kathyrn Marcos.