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Future Headlines, Injustice is the Norm
Unlike most of my articles, this was triggered by a series of tweets I came across. I don’t have room to go into them, but they conveyed a common idea practiced and stated both consciously and subconsciously in America. This idea is that it is “unchristian” for someone to believe there should be punishment or discipline. It’s promoted that Christianity is love and forgiveness, therefore everyone who does wrong should always be given chance after chance.
This is seen in not spanking children to not having the death penalty for heinous crimes. That last may be extreme, but this idea that Christianity only promotes getting people out of punishment because of love and forgiveness permeates our culture. We see this fulfilled in instances from churches not preaching against sin to government leaders not answering to clear wrongs.
I’m not sure, as believers, we even see this happening, but we must recognize that though God is love, He is also just. He judges fairly, which means He gives out punishment. This doesn’t mean someone who has conducted great evil can’t be saved; they surely can, but they also are still to receive just punishment in the land. Even though we are forgiven when we place our faith in Jesus, punishment isn’t taken away. We’re not going to receive it, but Jesus has received that judgment. It’s necessary because God is just.
Injustice isn’t limited to crimes not being punished. It covers every area of life. There are countless levels of injustice in our world.
Injustice isn’t also occurring only because of confusion on understanding the balance of God’s character for injustice is the heartbeat of Satan and rises from humanity’s sinfulness.
I bring out our blind spot to injustice because we should expect future headlines to be crimes unpunished, larger gaps between the rich and poor, government leaders lining their own pockets, unfair treatment overlooked, lopsided advantages for certain groups, etc. This should be expected.
Why would I say that? One of the repeated themes of the last days is that wickedness will increase. Plainly stated in Matt. 24:12, “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.” It is also found in II Timothy 3 and elsewhere as lists of sin in the last days are given. Also, the passages comparing the last days to the times of Noah and Lot point to this sinfulness. With the increase of sinfulness, the integrity of the judicial system crashes. Leniency and unfairness must become the norm.
Another area of Scripture that points to injustice rising and being the norm is in the identity of the Antichrist. Most of my writing and teaching about the Antichrist focuses on the overwhelming biblical details of His origin and rise to power, but the Apostle Paul gives unique insight through the name He gives the Antichrist.
In II Thessalonians 2, Paul calls the main end-times villain — the man of lawlessness. This description isn’t unique to Paul. Daniel writes in Dan. 11:36 that the Antichrist will do whatever he pleases. In verse 37, it’s written that the Antichrist will have disregard for God. The term lawlessness isn’t specific to exactly what he will do as it could be talking about sinfulness or disregarding laws. Yet, I believe it’s safe to say both are likely.
The last area of scriptural evidence of injustice rising and being the norm in the last days comes from the descriptions of Jesus at His return and in the establishment of His kingdom. Before I share them, think about what you know of the prophecies of Jesus and His Kingdom. Almost every description involves Jesus bringing peace and justice. Why would this be pointed out as unique if peace and justice were the norm?
Read what Jesus will do at His return: “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse… And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding… He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips she shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist…” (Isa. 11:1-5 NIV).
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever”(Isa. 9:6-7 NIV).
“Many peoples will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.’ The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore” (Isa. 2:3-4 NIV).
As you see, there is plenty of evidence that Jesus will bring justice and peace, something that is obviously missing on earth and especially in the last days. No matter how many commercials we see or speeches we hear, we must know that no man or organization — even the church — will bring worldwide justice to this earth, only Jesus. Therefore, we can expect future headlines that show injustice is the norm.
Jake is available for revivals and preaching learn more at standfirmministries.com.