Fellow Passengers: I do not have to travel far to know where today’s Prophetic Passage (Isaiah 59:16-21) takes me. It takes me right into down town Asheville where our city’s on version of Occupy Wall Street is taking place. It takes me into downtown Asheville where files upon files of couples over a two week period courageously marched into the Register of Deeds Office to request their right to marry the one that they love and have equal rights. It transports me to last advent and the reading of Hope Lives when I was challenged by my own wealth. It transports me to Kenya, Africa where my friend Nicole spent two weeks last year. The stories and pictures she brought back changed my lens forever. It transports me to the office of The Methodist Social Federation who has opened my eyes to the injustices of child slavery and servitude. It transports me to a You Tube Video entitled World of Injustice where faces of poverty haunt me and a singer cries out “If there is One above why watch us cry” “where is the justice, it should be here on earth not just in heaven above” (author unknown).
We experience injustice. We ask Where God is? Isaiah tells us it is not God who has moved. It is our own sins and iniquities that have moved us. It is the fault of the world in which we live. While there is a remnant in Israel who live right, it does not seem to be enough. God yearns for humanity to rise up and seek justice and mercy. God yearns for His children to intervene. But…..it can not be found. The blind lead the blind. We grope in the dark, needing the light of justice and mercy to shine and knowing not how to get there. Everywhere we turn there are widows in needs, orphans without parents, homeless with no shelter from the elements, poor not knowing where the next meal will come from, violence robbing us of our innocence, innocent persons killed by terror, children being murdered by parents and God sees there is no justice and God is displeased! God sees that there is no one to stand up and intervene.
However, as the You Tube Video I earlier shared states “In a world of injustice all we have is Hope.” He puts on His Breastplate of Righteousness, His helmet of Salvation and like a pent up flood Justice Rolls! The promise is there. The promise of the Spirit of God remaining with God’s people. The promise of a Redeemer! The Redeemer Kinsman was responsible for protecting the person’s, the property and the rights of his people. Once and for all in Jesus Christ God sends the ultimate kinsman redeemer, the protector of God’s people. The protector of us all. How do we respond? We put on God’s breastplate of Righteousness. We put on God’s helmet of Salvation and we do our part in bringing justice to the places of injustice that surround us.
Kelly Dotson is the Founder of My Father’s Eyes Ministries, providing outreach to those who have felt orphaned or abandoned by the church. She is also a member of Longs Chapel United Methodist Church.