Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people. Proverbs 14:34
I began noticing in scripture several months ago, that whenever I saw the word “justice” it was partnered with “righteousness” and upon reflection, I understood that the two words must marry in order for our pursuit of justice to flourish.
There will be no true justice without righteousness. Psalm 89:14, Psalm 97:2, Psalm 85:10
The truth of the matter is, we will have no justice without Jesus, who has become our Righteousness. 1 Corinthians 1:30
The chaos of now is only a slight taste of eternity without Jesus. And if you are on social media, you have an inkling of how painful it is to be seeing, even experiencing the constant conflict of opinion and many of us are weighted by a deep inner groaning.
How will we ever overcome the chaos?
Fighting for justice is good, but it’s only half the battle.
True Justice needs a Righteous Foundation, but we don’t hear many people calling us to “fight for righteousness!”
Righteousness is father and justice is mother. Together they have peaceful children.
God has been so merciful to US as a Nation. I believe that we are still the most blessed nation on earth, but we will also be the most accountable nation at the judgement. You read that right. [To whom much is given, much is required. Luke 12:48]
I landed on these words of Jesus last week where He said, [I’m paraphrasing] “Woe, woe, woe to you cities who don’t pay attention to My Words!” and I had a fresh revelation as He spoke to cities. I considered who he was talking to and I realized that I am personally responsible for my city, as my works will be tested at the judgement. [At the very least, I should be praying!]
The pressing questions for us are, “How do we live in this day of disorder? And how will we reestablish a foundation of righteousness so our world can have peace?”
I believe the answer can only come one of two ways leading to One place, Jesus. Either by one heart at a time turning the throne over to Jesus, or by many hearts at one time as the result of a mighty move of the Holy Spirit among us ushering in another Great Awakening.
Read this quote about the first Great Awakening from a history student, Sarah Valkenburgh
In all these Protestant cultures during the middle decades of the eighteenth century, a new Age of Faith rose to counter the currents of the Age of Enlightenment, to reaffirm the view that being truly religious meant trusting the heart rather than the head, prizing feeling more than thinking, and relying on biblical revelation rather than human reason”.
So, you who have been made righteous through Jesus, and have His Holy Spirit dwelling inside of you. The Spirit who hovered over the waters at Creation. What part might you play in bringing healing and peace to our world?
- Will you press in to love God more by digging deeper in His word?
- Will you believe and submit to the authority of His word?
- Will you pray more faithfully than ever before?
- Will you honor God by discipling your children and others in His word?
- Will you bless the city you live in by your prayers and testify of God’s goodness?
- Will you bless the businesses that serve you by offering to pray for their proprietors?
- Will you bring the light into darkened conversations by communicating truth in grace?
- Will you mentor someone who is following your season of life?
- Will you pray for your governing authorities, police officers, schools, teachers, pastors?
- Will you join the Outcry?
Or maybe you will offer your home to strangers?
Or host a shoe-cutting party?
Or purchase beautiful jewelry here to support the work of artisans around the world?
Or will you be a fire-filled preacher?
Or adopt foster children?
On the National Day of Prayer this past May, before the UNITE event put on by PULSEMOVEMENT, I prayed in one of the suites on the mezzanine level of the arena with a group of about 10 people before the event began. We prayed that God would bring the truth of our need for restoration of righteousness to our land. Here is part of what happened after we prayed that prayer. I hope you can watch Francis Chan’s message given at the Mariucci Arena on the U of M campus. [email subscribers will need to click over to the blog] Our answer to prayer come through, and specifically beginning at minute 6.
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