Modern Life and Society is plagued by looking back. As society makes progress revenge and vengeance are demanded from a new generation for the crimes of the past.
This has always intrigued me. Why so attached to a past that can’t be changed when futures are built in the present?
Does anyone get everything right?
The exploitation of the poor is a fact- it is interesting when Israel decided they wanted a King the Bible clearly says what the impact will be 1 Samuel 8: 10 – 18; as soon as a ruler is appointed to lead the people by definition they have to follow.
Also we know there is a principle that clearly enlightens us on the impact Ecclesiastes 8: 9 “All of this I have seen, and I applied my heart to every work that has been done under the sun, during the time that man has dominated man to his harm.”
So why are we surprised that as power fluctuates exploitation and greed afflict all of society. For example what is Social Justice? Surely, it must be a demand to balance opportunities for the living? No it is a demand for advantage due to the errors of previous generations. “Strip you of privilege and give it to me, I must set the standards now!”
The religions of the world – are they at fault?
YES! The interesting feature of biblical slavery was that a slave served for a period unless they were spoils of war then it was for life or as long as the Israelite wanted. Did God approve of slavery? Polygamous marriage? Exploitation of women and children? The use of work houses or prisons that offered no opportunity for release? To answer those questions we need to look at the bible record.
Modern Christianity isn’t about the Gospel or Christian values – it lacks the veracity of bible truth and fails to teach the basic truth. So the Church has to be held accountable. But who is accountable for the sins of the past?
Child Abuse in Churches is a historical nightmare and it should never have happened, just the abuse of position and power by the parish priest. However, historical abuse can’t be handled retrospectively, those who commit these offences are rightly exposed, brought to justice if they are still alive but the media are set on portraying every priest, every male church goer or Christian with responsibility as the potential perpetrator.
Religion must get it’s house in order, must present itself clean and undefiled and once errors are known allow the legal system to handle the matter. For example church elders are not empowered to investigate allegations of abuse and only recently did it become a legal responsibility to report an allegation. So to apply the principle that allegations must be reported to historical incidents is unfair and unkind.
Remember the Media has protected child abusers and fed the obsession, allowed young women to be used as sexual fodder for celebrities, the same lack of action can be laid at the gates of educators, police, social workers… etc.
Society got things wrong!
Putting all things Right
Left to you and I we can never right the wrongs of the past, present or potential damage of decisions we make today on the future.
However let’s return to the Bible – we pray for Gods Kingdom as Christians, is that just more of the same? Not at all note Revelation 11: 18 “But the nations became wrathful, and your own wrath came, and the appointed time came for the dead to be judged and to reward your slaves the prophets and the holy ones and those fearing your name, the small and the great, and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth.””
So a clean place.
How about government? 2 Peter 3: 13 “But there are new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to his promise, and in these righteousness is to dwell.” New Heaven – new rulership and who benefit? The righteous will live there.
Righteous people under a righteous government.
Jesus told us that we would benefit from this Gospel message for eternity John 17: 3 “This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.”
So when looking for justice work with the only Government that can rectify the situation currently and historically – Gods Kingdom with the raised Jesus Christ as King. He is the valiant warrior king who stands for Justice, Equality, Truth and Life.
Read and get to Know the Bible Truth it sets us free.