Wednesday, July 6, 2016


I Was Just Thinking About - - -

During the 1960s-70s, there were places in this nation where equal justice under the law was non-functional. A man who experienced this first-hand has John Perkins from Mendenhall, MS. He wrote a book about his experiences in Mississippi titled, Let Justice Roll Down. The book title is based on Amos 5:7 and 24, “There are those who turn justice into bitterness and cast righteousness to the ground. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” The promo for the book states: “His brother died in his arms, shot by a Deputy Marshall. He was beaten and tortured by the Sheriff and State Police. But through it all he returned good for evil, love for hate, progress for prejudice, and brought hope to black and white alike. The story of John Perkins is no ordinary story. Rather, it is a gripping portrayal of what happens when faith thrusts a person into the midst of a struggle against racism, oppression, and injustice. It is about the costs of discipleship--the jailings, the floggings, the despair, the sacrifice. And it is about the transforming work of faith that allowed John to respond to such overwhelming indignities with miraculous compassion, vision, and hope.”

One of my favorite devotionals is Strength For The Journey by Joseph Stowell. The entry for today (July 6, 2016) includes the following: A wise king wrote: “As a person thinks in his heart, so is he” Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV). What you think about is a wide-open window to what you really believe, trust in, worry about, and even worship. And not everybody has programmed their minds to think alike. Some think truth is relative. Which means that for them there are no absolute truths, so whatever works is just fine—nothing is ever always right or always wrong. Others think that there is no real truth and that truth comes in many shapes and colors. That’s pluralism—many truths exist, and as long as you don’t make me choke on your truth, I won’t force you to swallow mine. If there is no truth and there are no absolutes, then everybody can do whatever they want to do—welcome to the party with no rules! But you and I know that, ultimately, thoughts managed by relativistic, pluralistic software lead to a zigzagging, crazy, self-seeking, dead-end life where everybody loses, including you.”

Almost 50 years after the John Perkin’s experiences, has truth and justice surfaced in any dramatic way or has the nation drifted into a cultural malaise and ultimate maze? There has been much fanfare about the Federal Bureau of Investigation into the practices of Hillary Clinton while she served the nation as Secretary of State. A World Magazine release posted today raises the following thought and question: “Lords Over Laws? National Security | Does the FBI director call for one law for Hillary Clinton and a different one for others? by Marvin Olasky, Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2016.” Olasky wrote: In 1776, Thomas Paine wrote in Common Sense: In America, the law is king. For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be no other. Question: What was FBI Director James Comey saying 240 years later, concerning a Hillary Clinton prosecution, when he stated today: We cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges. This is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. Does that mean one law for Clinton and a different law for others in similar circumstances? Or did Comey mean he couldn’t find a case that would support bringing criminal charges, but a person in a similar position would get into trouble—administrative or security sanctions—but not face jail time or fines?”

The only place where equitable justice for all can be found is recorded in Romans 3:22-26, “There is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God presented Him as an atoning sacrifice through faith in His blood, in order to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance He had passed over the sins committed beforehand.  He did this to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and to justify the one who has faith in Jesus.” Do you know this Just/Righteous One and His Justification? Prayerfully - Consider these things with me!

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