I’ve spent the last four months working on a documentary film. This documentary is about the standard for justice and the state of our nation. Now, I know you don’t want to hear about political stuff at Christmas time. We usually want to hear messages of peace on earth and good will; messages relating to the “Christmas story” (Jesus’ birth). So that’s where I’m going to begin this post and we’ll get back to the film.
“And there were in the same country shepherds keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:8-11
Now, it has been asked, why did this happen? Why didn’t God, being all powerful, just save everyone without the Christmas story and without the cross? It’s because God is just; he judges righteously and the fine for our sin is death (Genesis 2:17 & Romans 6:23). We don’t expect an honest judge to let evil go unpunished. Even so, God is also merciful. That’s why Jesus came to earth. He became a man to pay for man’s sin – taking our place and defeating death. Now, all authority has been given to Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:18 & Rev. 1:14-18), and he offers salvation to anyone who calls on Him (John 3:16).
Jesus is the Truth (John 14:6) This brings us to the subject of the documentary — truth. Knowing that Jesus is truth, we can begin to sort through the issues of our culture/nation. That’s what we wanted to do in “Balance of Justice” – to approach issues relating to justice from the foundation of God’s word.
In John 14:6, we are also reminded that Jesus is the answer (the Way and the Life). In today’s confusing world of relativity and tolerance, people are crying out for truth, they want answers to the many issues of our day. The church is well equipped (with the Bible) to speak to these issues and I hope churches will realize that doing so always leads to sharing the Gospel – and that is our mission.
In later posts, I want to explore the subject of justice from multiple angles and I think you will find each one interesting.
— by Benjamin Owen / TNmemoirs.com