Today’s devotional is written by Pastor Becky Postlewait.
Anyone who works with children knows that fairness is important – a candy bar must be divided equally; the same amount of time must be given to kids playing a video game. During Mission Camp 3-4-5 the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade participants spent some time learning and discussing – Compassion, Empathy, and Action and Justice, Mercy, and Humility (Micah 3:8). For Mission Camp our working definition for justice was “working for what is right” and “removing what is wrong.”
In Acts 25:1-12, Paul has been in prison for two years and is still caught up in the agendas of the political and religious leaders. Paul is waiting for justice and in verse 8 Paul says, “I’ve done nothing wrong against the Jewish Law, against the temple, or against Caesar.”
The saying that comes to my mind is “No justice, no peace. Know justice, know peace.”
How do we have peace in a world of injustice? Let me know when you figure it out!
As I reflected on this passage one commentator directed me to what Paul says in Romans 8:33-34: “Who will bring a charge against God’s elect people? It is God who acquits them. Who is going to convict them? It is Christ Jesus who died, even more, who was raised, and who also is at God’s right side. It is Christ Jesus who also pleads our case for us.”
Acts 12 is full of leaders with political and religious agendas. Nothing is different today. We can and will get caught up in the agendas of the political and religious leaders today. But Paul teaches us – Know Jesus, Know Peace.
These are the questions we discussed at Mission Camp 3-4-5 concerning justice. I thought I would share them with you . . .
Where do you see injustice (no justice) in the world?
Where do you see injustice (no justice) in Orlando?
What is something you can do bring justice to the world and Orlando?
How would you respond to those questions? Please share!