God is the only one with the authority to set the ethical standards for the world.
Because God is the objective standard for morality, we must submit to God’s standards for right and wrong.
Amos; Matthew 18
What is injustice?
Websters definition of injustice. : absence of justice : violation of right or of the rights of another : UNFAIRNESS2: an unjust act : WRONG
Why is there injustice in the world?
Sin. People go against what God commands.
Because God is good, everything outside of that is evil.
Show video of objective moralism. https://youtu.be/OxiAikEk2vU
Because of the morals set by the Bible, we know what is good, what is right, what is just.
It is easy to look at other injustice and say it is someone else’s problem or doing.
The book of Amos opens with God’s judgment against the nations surrounding Israel. Imagine being an Israelite hearing Amos read the indictments of all your enemies, and the surprise you’d feel when God ends with judgment against you. Not only that, but the judgment on Israel is twice as long as any other judgment Amos brought.
It’s almost become a cliché in parenting: When a child complains or gives their parent a hard time, the parent reminds the child, “Hey, who pays for the food? Who puts a roof over your head? Who makes sure you have clothes on your back?” That’s essentially what God is reminding Israel in v. 9–11.
Jesus tells the parable of the unmerciful servant in Matthew 18:21–35.
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[a] 23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[b] was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. 28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[c] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. 29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ 30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.
32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
He shows the hypocrisy of believers who are unwilling to show the same mercy that God shows to them.
In 2016, Barna Group did research into attitudes surrounding Black Lives Matter and racial justice. In the article, Brooke Hempell, vice president of research, is quoted as saying, “More than any other segment of the population, white evangelical Christians demonstrate a blindness to the struggle of their African American brothers and sisters” (“Black Lives Matter and Racial Tension in America,” Barna Group, May 5, 2016, https://www.barna.com/research/black-lives-matter-and-racial-tension-in-america/). Could this be a modern-day example of God’s people being insensitive to matters of justice?
McKenna talk about her seeing injustice in the world and how that has changed the way that she sees things. McKenna just got back from 7 months with YWAM. She was in Greece, Spain, and India. She worked with refugees, people in poverty, and prostitution.
We have to stand up for Justice. We cant just fake it.
God is not interested in the show of religious ceremonies. That’s not the point of religion. James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
God might be laying some injustice on your heart and I want you to think about how you can take a stand.
Here are some organizations in Colorado Springs that you can check out.