We live in a Christian culture where an element that claims to believe in justice does not actually believe in justice. Well... they believe in nice justice... but they don't believe in the judgment of God. They want people to live in peace, but they don't want anyone with a sword to bring or enforce the peace. They want comfort, but they don't want the discomfort that comes with establishing a comfortable place. They encourage people to seek the good, but are opposed to anything that smells like judgment.
But as we know, there can be no peace in this world without force, and no justice without judgment. The Psalms make up the largest section of Scripture. In those songs we find all of the elements of God... mercy, grace, holiness, love, truth, protection, justice, judgment, punishment, etc. Here is a great Psalm that requests justice and judgment from God.
Listen to my words, Lord; consider my sighing.
Pay attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for I pray to You.
At daybreak, Lord, You hear my voice; at daybreak I plead my case to You and watch expectantly.
For You are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil cannot dwell with You.
The boastful cannot stand in Your presence; You hate all evildoers.
You destroy those who tell lies; the Lord abhors a man of bloodshed and treachery.
But I enter Your house by the abundance of Your faithful love; I bow down toward Your holy temple in reverential awe of You.
Lord, lead me in Your righteousness because of my adversaries; make Your way straight before me.
For there is nothing reliable in what they say; destruction is within them; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongues.
Punish them, God; let them fall by their own schemes.
Drive them out because of their many crimes, for they rebel against You.
But let all who take refuge in You rejoice; let them shout for joy forever.
May You shelter them, and may those who love Your name boast about You.
For You, Lord, bless the righteous one; You surround him with favor like a shield.
God cares about the righteous. And part of the way He cares about the righteous is by dishing out judgment to those who celebrate wrong and oppression of the righteous. Every time a judge decides for the innocent, he decides against the guilty. It is the only way it can be.
I want you to know it is okay for you as a believer to pray for God's judgment on those who do wrong. Just make sure you are in the right when you request it. I hope today that God stops and deals with child abusers, wife beaters, terrorists, abortion doctors, drug dealers, etc. I don't just hope He protects the innocent... I hope He forcefully stops the wicked. His ultimate will is to save people. But if they will not be saved, my He stop them so the righteous can flourish.
[Bible quotes are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, unless otherwise noted.]
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