...And justice from all
It seems no matter where you turn in today, you see injustice. Not only do bad things happen to good people, but it seems that those who do wrong get to walk away with no consequences. So where is God in the middle of all of this? How can God be good and still let all of this injustice happen? Does He care? Is He not bothered by the corruption and wrongdoing that we see all around us? In this series, we will see in the book of Amos how God responded to the injustice of those days and see what role God is currently playing in the world to right all wrongs.
It’s not the best of times and it’s really not the worst of times. But many would agree that outrage is in the air—we will not stand for evil and abuse any longer. Maybe the reason is: If God won’t do anything, then we might as well! Joseph launches a series looking at the life, poetry and disruptive vision of a man who seemed to know where God is when evil strikes and what He’s doing about it.
I think we’d be surprised—maybe a little encouraged—to hear that God hates the way people abuse people even more than we hate it. He hates injustice. He hates inequality. He hates violence. What’s even more surprising is where God starts when He’s ready to stop it.
You’d have to be living in a cave to not notice something in the world that frustrates you. Certainly, there are disasters and accidents that shock and sadden us, but when we’re frustrated, it’s typically from ways people have harmed people. Sometimes, we might even say we HATE the injustice and abuse we see. Well, God hates it too—big time. In this talk, Joseph doesn’t just reveal why God hates the way we hurt each other, but the great reason why.
You’ve got to fight fire with fire. If there’s evil and abuse around us, something just as strong has to be there to meet it. God knows the solution. It’s love. But not in the sense you might think. Not soft and happy. Love that can stop evil is dangerous in its own way, like fire. In this message, Joseph looks at two men who take a stand in an evil time, but only ONE stays standing—the one who LOVES the most.
An ancient prophet writes 8, brutal chapters about how much God hates evil, how far He’ll go to stop it and how no one gets a free pass. But then, almost out of nowhere, the crescendoes in one, final paragraph of…hope. Hope that all is not lost, hope that evil will end and hope that no one has to be left out.