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So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:16-21

I finished my recruiting talk for the Free2Play team by telling the players and their wives a little bit about the different scenarios. “We need to join together,” I said.

Then Dave Batstone got to talking. Dave does a really good job promoting the Not For Sale organization. He’s very, very good at it, and he’s very, very smart. So he spoke a little bit, and the next thing you know, players were signing up! We have 17-20 guys now, and more jumping in.

And we’ve only just begun! This is just the first year, and we’ve already got around twenty guys on the team. We’re also talking to Major League Baseball, and we’re trying to get in the process of sitting with the player’s union to discuss how they can help us do some of the things that ballplayers are going to want to do.

Original art by Pastor Laura Gentry, Lansing, Iowa
http://pastorgentry.blogspot.com/2007/01/set-captives-free.html

For me, the Christian ballplayer was the one to recruit first, because we share the same goal. When you start talking about the throne of God, and the right and left hand of righteousness and justice, they hear you.

I don’t believe that justice is merely the slamming of a gavel. When God’s justice is served, it’s not like in the movies where the judge brings down the gavel and declares, “Guilty!” and then you know the defendant is going to get punished for what he did. Does justice have something to do with that? Sure! At the end of time, when Jesus comes back, justice will be served. The bad and the good will be separated, just like the goats and the sheep that Jesus talked about in Matthew 25.

But justice is more than that. Justice goes further. It’s not just a ruling. Think about injustice. Injustice is sadness. Injustice is bitterness. Injustice is lack of forgiveness. Injustice is the homelessness of the least of these. We see injustice when we see people who are without homes and without jobs. We see injustice when we see women sold into slavery after they have lost their husbands. We see injustice when we see kids sold into slavery. All of this is injustice. And if Jesus walked the earth right now, He would attack those things. And I think He would attack the people who sell women and kids into sex slavery. I really do. I think He would say, “This is not right. This isn’t good. We need to fight for these women and children.”

And doing Jesus’ work is fulfilling. When we fight against people who sell women and children, it’s fulfilling. Attacking slavery is a very fulfilling thing because it’s how we reflect Jesus. More on that next time. See you Wednesday.

One thought on “Justice

  1. great stuff! I heard Francis Chan talk about stewardship vs. justice. He said that the only difference was whose daughter it was that caught in the sex trade. Not your daughter? Oh, then be prudent with you money so you can live the american dream. If, however, it was your/my daughter, than we’d spend every penny we have to free her and keep her safe. I just had my first daughter, and it broke me to think about God’s daughters being sold in to slavery. I know He loves them even more than I love my little peanut- it must break his heart to see our priorities and our apathy. The GREAT news is that we can live differently. We can redefine success and significance to His standards.

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