Justice and Peace
PEACE is a desirable good for individuals as well as for nations. The human heart longs for peace, which is also a political objective that no responsible government can ignore. Be it in the East or the West, in the North or the South, the prophetic vision of a world in which swords are beaten into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks elicits a positive response.
However, peace has its conditions. Unless they are met, the ideal of peace becomes merely a desire that cannot be fulfilled. Isaiah 32:17 points to the most important condition: justice. It reads: "The effect of righteousness [justice] will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quiet and trust forever." Peace relates to justice as fruit to the tree that produces it. Where there is no justice, there can be no peace. Injustice and peace cannot coexist.
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The most efficient manner of working for peace is to fight against injustice. Do you desire peace? Then, "let justice roll down like the waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream" (Amos 5:24). Do you desire "rest and security forever"? Then, "put away violence and oppression, and do what is just and right" (Ez. 45:9). Do you desire to live "in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places"? Then, "He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"(Mi. 6:8).
Lord, we pray that you would open our eyes to the injustice around us and helps us to understand how we can address.
Lord, challenge us out of our complacency and help us to do what is right and just.