Justice Is Not Social

One of the ways that even the most conservative reformed types (NAPARC) like to signal their virtue is to talk about racial reconciliation.  These SJWs in Geneva gowns will drone on and on about the need for and the ways and means of said reconciliation and the need for corporate repentance for (past) racism.   In Presbyterian churches that signalling is enshrined in General Assembly level “Study” Committees, and passing resolutions of repentance e.g. PCA  in 2016.   The motivation is that by condemning racism, the charge of racism can be avoided.   When the point is signalling and SJW appeasement, how genuine can said repentance and reconciliation really be?  I don’t think it’s much comfort that they’ve moved on from trope of “some of my best friends are black”.

But what does the Scriptures actually say about justice?

The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin. [Deut 24:16]

You’d think that in the age of Christianity that the church would not make the same errors as the church leading up to and in the exile.  Not only did the Israelites not follow Deut 24:16 they made a meme out of the opposite.   They used this in the days of Ezekiel, it was: “The fathers have eaten sour grapes and the children’s teeth are set on edge.”  God through Ezekiel sent a powerful reminder to them that all justice is individual.  The correction is in Ezekiel 18:  “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” v4.

All justice is individual.

“The soul that sinneth, it shall die.”  That’s justice.

The thing that Social Justice Warriors love to fight for, or so they say, is JUSTICE! They want justice, they will see they get justice for all the oppressed.  They will get their justice, but it won’t be social and it won’t be on their terms or in anyway they expect.

By calling for social justice, the reformed SJWs (and anyone calling for racial reconciliation is a SJW)  are charging God — just like the Jews of Ezekiels’s day — that the way of God is not equal (just).

I by God’s grace prefer mercy.

See how Ezekiel 18 ends:

Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.

Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

A call to repentance.  Repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, and receive  everlasting Life in Christ.

 

 

 

Good News in the Context of Bad News

The wages of sin is death.   There it is plain and simple.  Truth.  The wages of sin is death, including all the miseries experienced along the way. There is no escape.  There is a cup full of God’s wrath,and he pours it forth and sinners drain it to the dregs[Psalm 75:8].   Every bad thing that happens to anyone of us is part of and a foretaste of death payable because of sin.  Eventually we come to those dregs and face physical death that begins the eternal torment where the worm doesn’t die and the flame is not quenched. [Mark 9:44,46,48].

This is what awaits everyone. For all have sinned [Romans 3:23].   This is the bad news. Eternal death.  It’s the wages of sin.

However, the wages of sin being death is not the end of the matter. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jesus Christ was sinless. He was perfect in  righteousness in himself. He alone of all men did not earn the wages of sin because he knew no sin. But he who didn’t deserve death, took those wages in his own death that those who believe in him might have eternal and ever lasting life. [John 3:16]

That gift of God of eternal life through Jesus Christ comes not only in his death taking those wages of our sin in himself, but giving to us his eternal life earned by his own perfect righteousness.   Jesus who died for us rose  from the dead, and by his resurrection we have eternal lie in him, by faith.

Jesus drank that cup of the wrath of God to the dregs [Psalm 75:8 and Matt 26:39,42] and never is it to be filled again.  The cup of God’s wrath was emptied by Christ to the bitter dregs of the terrible death of the cross.

That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. [Romans 5:9]