In God’s Kingdom, Injustice Doesn’t Exist. Racism Is Destroyed.
by: Al Robertson
When the video surfaced of the horrible killing of George Floyd, I was mortified. Over and over and over, the news channels replayed it. And I don’t like what I saw. It did nothing to restore my faith in humanity. Like most people I’ve talked to, I was (and still am) sickened by it. And I stand in solidarity with everyone else who found it callous and heinous.
If you too were tormented in your soul by George Floyd’s murder, you might find comfort in the fact that injustice is not a new manifestation of man’s ability to be cruel. You may also even find solidarity with someone who lived a few thousand years ago — a man who also looked at the broken culture of his day and found it disgusting. The Bible says that Lot was “distressed by the filthy lives” of those around him. Maybe you are distressed too. You would be in good company if you are.
We should never be comfortable with sin and injustice because we were not created to live in a world marred by either. Instead, we were formed by God to live in the pristine beauty of the Garden for eternity, and since the day of the Fall, we have been trying our best to restore it.
Unfortunately, mankind has a nasty habit of embracing counterfeits like sex, alcohol, drugs, materialism, and even racism in a vain attempt to elevate us back to the place of prominence our ancestors once occupied — anything that will promote our flesh and help us rub a little salve on our wounds, even if it destroys someone else. You should know, however, that all of mankind’s efforts to restore paradise by employing these counterfeit strategies have failed at every turn because the salve we are tempted to use is a fake salve — a snake oil salesman sold it to us, and he’s been peddling his junk for thousands of years.
Had George Floyd been a resident of the Garden instead of Minneapolis, he would still be alive. Instead, he died in a broken and sin-cursed world at the hands of a wicked man. And it makes me weep.
That is the bad news — that the world is broken and will be until it is restored to wholeness by the return of Christ. The good news is that our Father cries out for justice too. The difference is that, unlike us, he is in a position to do something about it. The entire world is under a curse; every last one of us is guilty of sin. And our sin also demands justice. This is why we should be careful about demanding justice from others — our own misbehavior demands justice too. God was the first to say, “No Justice! No Peace!”
But here’s the difference between God’s demand for justice and ours — when he saw that justice demands our annihilation, our condemnation, that we would never find peace until justice was satisfied, he himself satisfied justice’s demands by dying in our place. When we were without hope and under the condemnation of the law, he satisfied the law’s requirement at the Cross. In other words, at the Cross, we find relief from injustice because of the promise that Paradise will be restored — God has made things right between us through the cross. And we will find real justice nowhere else … no matter how hard we try, nor how hard we protest … it doesn’t exist … anywhere.
What we ought to be seeking for ourselves (and once we receive it, we will seek it for others) is mercy. I don’t want justice — not for me. The penalty is too great. I want — I NEED — MERCY! I cannot survive without it.
Right now, the world is split into separate groups — camps — all based on something superficial. Race, political parties, and culture define our identity. But when God sees us, he sees the human race and that all of us are lost and in need of HIM! Read this passage from Acts 17:
Now that I follow Christ, my identity isn’t in my ethnicity or my nationality. That stuff means nothing because now I am a son or daughter of the sovereign God who created the universe and also bore my sin on the cross. Finding identity anywhere else is sinful because it denies God and will lead to disappointment because it’s not in God’s design for me to identify myself any other way.
As far as I know, this is the only way to truly give us what we all want. In his blood, we are pardoned. By his blood, we are given a new identity … we are in God’s Witness Protection Program. And in God’s kingdom, injustice doesn’t exist. Racism is destroyed.
This is the only message that eradicates systemic racism, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, sex trafficking, alcoholism, drug addiction, and every other form of evil that man can devise in his own depraved and wicked mind. As it turns out, there is only one solution to what is going on in the United States of America and around the world and his name is JESUS!