No Justice, No Peace

I have not written in a while.  It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say, just ask my wife, but more because I felt the pull of the Spirit on my heart and wanted to let Him work in me and put my focus on listening rather than speaking. 

The lesson that I learned is one that is crystallizing in front of the entire world right at this moment.

When justice is not done, mercy is forgotten.  When laws and standards are not applied universally, a thirst for justice grows in us and buries our ability to extend mercy and compassion.  We grow angry.  That anger can do one of two things – it can drive us to righteous anger and a willingness to restore justice, or it can drive us to hate.  In Star Wars, Yoda says that fear leads to hate and hate leads to anger.  There is much truth in that statement.

We fear a world without justice because we were made to live in a world ruled by a Just and Merciful God.  When justice is not done, that fear grows because the right nature of the world has been upset and deep in our being we know that we are ultimately powerless by ourselves.  We fear anarchy and lawlessness, because when everything becomes permissible, there are no longer any limits and safeguards to protect our lives, fortunes, and families. 

That fear can galvanize as anger and then hate.  We begin to coldly shut off compassion in our hearts and blame others for the lawlessness that we feel exists when justice is unequally applied.  Without the safety that justice provides, love wanes and we are deprived of one of the things that provides hope in this life.  We begin to blame individuals who seem better off than we are.  We begin to blame groups and focusing on hatred on them because they are not us.  We fail to see that the problem is in our own hearts and we misdiagnose the illness.  We seek men’s justice rather than God’s justice in an order to quench this thirst.

Just look around you at the world today.

Children pour across the American border – sent by their parents from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and various other Central American countries to escape poverty, injustice, and violence.  Those parents hope for better lives for their children in the one beacon of hope and freedom in the world.  I empathize with this desire as any parent should.  There are calls for justice amongst many Americans – “Send them home,” “Deport them.”  We call for justice and our government does nothing.   It is difficult to show mercy on their plight when justice for their action is lacking.

Hamas rockets Israel and digs tunnels to conduct a massive surprise attack in the near future.  Israel defends itself by going after the missile launchers, stocks of rockets, and the commanders and troops attacking them while they work to discover and destroy each tunnel.  Across Europe and around the world, people condemn Israel for doing something that they would DEMAND if it were happening to their country. In America we are not immune from this as pro-Hamas demonstrations occurred over the weekend in Chicago, Miami, and elsewhere.  Jews around the world fear for their lives as anti-semitism is rapidly on the rise.

A man in Arizona suffers an excruciatingly long execution for murders committed over a decade ago.  He lay silently in agony for hours as the lethal drugs finally ended his life.  The murderer’s victims’ family certainly felt justice, but the feeling by many that this excruciating death doesn’t matter because justice was done is vile and hate-filled. 

Iraqi Christians, or Nazarenes, flee their homes or go into hiding as the Islamic State in the Levant and Syria (ISIS) marks them and their houses.  If they do not convert to Islam, pay an on-going monetary penalty for their faith, or flee, they will be killed.  Their homes and businesses are being marked for destruction.

Mercy in the absence of justice will lead to dependency and entitlement.  Amnesty, welfare, food stamps.  We can be merciful, but if we are not just, we fail to solve the root problems of the human condition.  The giver of mercy exercises their power over the recipient and the recipient becomes no better than a slave.

Justice without mercy is cold.  It is without compassion and focused on correcting wrongs.  Justice without mercy is tyranny. 

For it is true that we all have sinned.  We all are condemned to death and alienation from God.  We have justly earned that punishment, but out of mercy He sent His Son, the Word through which all have been created and for whom all will ultimately kneel.  We are recipients of mercy AND justice, for without the latter we would not need the former.  They must be joined and applied together in balance.
 
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

 

 

 

 

Quote Of The Week

Originally posted on Western Rifle Shooters Association:

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“It is both illogical and inconsistent for a government to say people have a right to life and a right to self-defense but no right to own the tools necessary to defend their lives. It is illogical for a government that says its police have no obligation to provide individual protection to deny people the means to protect themselves. It is immoral for a government that repeatedly releases predators to prey on people to tell those victims they cannot have a weapon for self-defense. It’s stupid for a government that can’t control criminals, drugs or illegal immigrants to claim it can take guns away from criminals only if honest folks will give up theirs. Gun-control proposals are also an insult. Gun control by definition affects only honest people. When a politician tells you he wants to forbid you from owning a firearm or force you to get a license, he…

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During the 3 ½ years of World War II that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and ended with the surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, the US produced 22 aircraft carriers, 8 battleships, 48 cruisers, 349 destroyers, 420 destroyer escorts, 203 submarines, 34 million tons of merchant ships, 100,000 fighter aircraft, 98,000 bombers, 24,000 transport aircraft, 58,000 training aircraft, 93,000 tanks, 257,000 artillery pieces, 105,000 mortars, 3,000,000 machine guns, and 2,500,000 trucks.

We put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services, invaded Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, dozens of Pacific Islands, won the battle of the Atlantic, marched across all of Western Europe and Northern Africa, developed the Atomic bomb, and ultimately defeated Japan AND Germany at the same time.

It’s worth noting that during the nearly exact amount of time, the Obama administration could not build a single functioning website.

 

All-Inclusive

The news this weekend was dominated by the firing of the former CEO of Mozilla based on a 2008 political contribution he gave to support the passage of the “controversial” Prop.8 ballot initiative in California that forbade gay marriage within that state.  The measure ultimately passed and this unfortunate businessman likely thought the small contribution (smaller than most people’s monthly mortgage payment) likely thought nothing more of that contribution especially six years after the fact.

This man has been painted as a bigot by his company and much of the media thanks largely in part to a quiet underground crusade against any organization or person opposed to gay marriage or the cause of gay rights.  I don’t want to talk about that though…. today I want to talk about inclusivity.

What does it say about your all-inclusive company when you expel someone who shared his opinion, via a private donation, on a matter that is at-best a 50/50 political issue nationwide (recall the measure he supported PASSED in a landslide)?  Does it say that you’re a tolerant group or an intolerant one?  Who is the bigot in this situation?  I would argue that the company is the bigot.  When you have to fearful of what opinions you say because someone might think you’re not toeing the politically correct line, then you are living in a state of tyranny.  This is not a government tyranny, but it can be equally oppressive.

There is a fundamental truth that is being obfuscated intentionally by the powers of the dark world, against evil spirits with temporary power.  There is only One who is inclusive. 

Christ died for my sin, your sin, every single person’s sin throughout all of history.

The racial bigot in deep-south Alabama – yep.

The abortionist – yep.

The meth-head in the alley behind the bar – yep.

Jeffrey Dahmer – yep.

Adolf Hitler – yep.

Saddam Hussein – yep.

Osama bin Laden – yep.

Every.  Last.  Person.

The world excludes people because of what they do, but Christ overlooks it because God, through Him, created us – every last sinful one of us.  You want to be inclusive – don’t conform to the world, look to God and see the world in a whole new way.

 

MASSIVE 2012 VOTER FRAUD: 35,750 with same name & DOB voted in 2 states

cyclimus:

Felonies… not just little felonies either… and on this scale, the question of collusion must be raised. Who helped so many hundreds of thousands vote more than once, but in different states?

Originally posted on Fellowship of the Minds:

More evidence that Obama and the Dems stole the 2012 elections.

More evidence that the United State of America has devolved into a Third World and third rate country.

DeadPeopleVoteBryan Preston reports for PJ Media, April 2, 2014:

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has found thousands of instances of voter fraud in the state, thanks to a 28-state crosscheck of voter rolls. Initial findings suggest widespread election fraud.

  • 765 voters with an exact match of first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in N.C. and the other state in the 2012 general election.
  • 35,750 voters with the same first and last name and DOB were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in both states in the 2012 general election.
  • 155,692 voters with the same first and last name, DOB and last…

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I Will Help the Next Generation of Second Amendment Supporters

cyclimus:

Northeast Ohio – count me in!

Originally posted on Whiskey Tango Foxtrot:

I Will Help the Next Generation of Second Amendment Supporters

If you are in NC and want to take me up on this offer, use the contact link above. I can also do some moderate assisting online. I have seven years experience in gun stores and as a teacher.

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