#PrayforDallas – responding to injustice
- Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed. Isa 59:14
- We growl like hungry bears; we moan like mournful doves. We look for justice, but it never comes. We look for rescue, but it is far away from us. Isa 59:11
- Death has climbed in through our windows and has entered our fortresses; it has removed the children from the streets and the young men from the public squares. Jer 9:21
Thank God, the Bible isn’t silent on how we should proceed in dealing with our emotions. The Prince of Peace has given us examples of how we should respond by 1) Lamenting our frustrations, 2) Worshipping our Lord, and 3) Seeking Peace with others.
It’s ok to Lament (grieve) and cry out to God. We can always tell him, that “This isn’t right. We don’t like what we are seeing in the world. This makes us angry!” Did you know that over 1/3 of Psalms come in the form of lamenting? God teaches us through his Word how to grieve well. Here are some verses that you can cling onto during moments of distress:
- I called to the LORD in my distress, and I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry to Him reached His ears. Psa 18:6
There’s an entire book in the Bible that teaches us how to grieve when we don’t like what you see that’s happening around us. The prophet saw his nation being pillaged right on front of his eyes, and he laments with these words:
- I have cried until the tears no longer come; my heart is broken. My spirit is poured out in agony as I see the desperate plight of my people. Little children and tiny babies are fainting and dying in the streets. Lam 2:11
- You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, Psa 10:17
- I sought the Lord’s help and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psa 34:4
After we cry, we need to Worship – taking our eyes off the problem, and refocusing our eyes back on God. We run to other believers (the church) and find emotional and spiritual relief. We then ask God for our next move.
- Job lost everything in one day. First he grieved, then he fell down to the ground and worshipped (Job 1:20).
- King David was sickened by the death of his baby and the first thing he did was he went to church and worshipped the Lord (1 Sam 12:20).
But our part is not yet done, because God commands us to seek Peace with others.
- Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. Psa 34:14
- I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. John 16:33
- I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27
Practically speaking, we want to actively voice anything that promotes reconciliation and remove the toxicity of animosity. When the world wants to retaliate, we, “Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone,” and we leave revenge to the “righteous anger of God” (Romans 12:17-19).