This is a post I wrote earlier this year, and I don’t know why I didn’t post it.
This year we have seen so many innocent lives lost at the hands of those in authority. With Obama sending drones into the Middle East, murdering civilians, or black men and women in the US & UK being unjustly killed by police officers. In most of these cases justice will not be served. Who is going to arrest Obama for war crimes? The officers that killed Michael Brown (Ferguson, 2014), Eric Garner (New York, 2014) and Jimmy Mubenga (London, 2010) were all cleared to walk free in recent weeks. When consoling the families of these men, what do you say? Where is the justice in this? How can you justify God’s will in this? Where is God in this?
One Sabbath evening, after a grand jury had decided against indicting Daniel Pantaleo, the officer that killed Eric Garner, I had to have a conversation with God. First Darren Wilson got to walk free, now this guy. How many more? But as I was thinking, I was reminded of something very important. Authorities have a long history of murdering the innocent and getting away with it, and if any one knows or understands what that’s like it’s Jesus Christ.
Christ was innocent in every sense of the word, and He had to be so that His sacrifice could be acceptable in the Father’s sight. But still He was killed, in the most brutal way possible, while watching His mother breakdown as it all happened. Those that killed Him faced no earthly consequences. They were not tried, or even indicted. The only thing they would have to wrestle with was the guilt of killing an innocent man, if they felt guilty at all. He understands the pain of being unfairly targeted, He can identify with the pain of the parent losing their child to something so ruthless and cruel.
We should find comfort in this, but we shouldn’t become docile because of it. When Christ died, the apostles were dejected. They felt like all hope was lost, but He came back and sparked a fire in them that led to them fiercely proclaiming the Gospel and it’s teachings. They protested, were beaten and imprisoned for spreading a message, that in it’s entirety, was pure. This message was to love God with all your heart, mind, and soul, and to love your neighbour as you love yourself. You cannot love God without loving your neighbour, and loving your neighbour includes fighting for and with those who face oppression, who are failed by the law, who are systematically disadvantaged.
We should not allow ourselves to become content in injustice, we need to do what we have been called to do which is to spread the Gospel, and consequently spread love.
therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” – Matthew 28:19&20
Learn to do good;
Rebuke the oppressor;
Defend the fatherless,
Plead for the widow.