October 20, 2019
For full passage click: Luke 18:5-8 … “And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night?” vss. 6-7a
Jesus was not above using examples from the world to give encouragement to his followers. His parable reflects one of the realities of our justice and political systems. Sometimes leaders who care nothing for God and have no respect for people will do the right thing. They do it not for any humanitarian purpose but because it’s expedient. Wise followers of Jesus know this. Some of them regularly work with our legislatures and congress to put the pressure on the people with power. And sometimes those leaders can be persuaded to make good and just decisions even if they’re not good and decent people. The good news is that we don’t have to rely on such power-brokering to change the world for good. God permeates all and ultimately even the poor will have justice done for them. If God-fearing lobbyists can apply pressure on leaders, just imagine what the Christ who dwells within their hearts can do! Even our most pathetic politicians and judges are created in the image of God, hidden though that image may be! God, who used the Persian despot, Cyrus, to free Israel from captivity, can certainly use such persons, too! All of this is a reminder of the ultimate triumph of good in this world. As Jesus proclaimed, “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel.”
Thought for the Day: What are the important issues for Christ-filled lobbyists?