Justice is not the absence of peace it is the fulfillment of it. Compromise is not always the most effective means by which to get a particular thing accomplished. Sometimes it actually hurts your cause rather than make it more appealing; it negates it's value. Not saying that it isn't ever appropriate but it must be done with wisdom. People are so afraid of standing for something and losing the favor of others. Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is currently facing execution not only for being a Christian but for opposing the establishment. This is the fear, in my opinion, that the majority of us face. Perhaps not literally losing our lives but figuratively doing so. In essence we have managed to convince ourselves that the tangible part of ourselves exist in things: the people we know, the materials acquired, status in our communities, and so on and so forth. We hold onto them as if we could possibly keep them. It isn't wrong to acquire nice things...God gives them to us because He wants us to have them as well. (Jeremiah 29:11-12) The problem is when we covet them above all else. When the thought of losing them feels like we losing ourselves.
"You have no friends if you are poor, but you have lots of friends if you are rich." Proverbs 14:20
This proverb is true. Even if you do not believe in God...you also know that this is true. The poor have no friends; poverty is the most powerful proprietor of isolation. Mentally, physically, and emotionally it creates a separation that is truly remarkable. The world will make you to feel that without money your existence is completely insignificant; that you are incapable of doing anything. I have been trying to rid myself of my dependency on money, on this system and it has been difficult to say the least. There is so very little that I know how to do. I cannot build any houses, cultivate crops, hunt, and I'm in no shape to walk any significant distance. I look back and wonder how we got here. (Because I'm know I'm not alone.) There was a time when people were capable of living off the land; they respected it and it gave to them. The earth produced what we needed and humanity lived in harmony with it. I was not around during this time but I can honestly say, I miss it.
My roots are in the country and I spent ALOT of time outside; running through the woods, making mud pies in the yard, and eating the fruit from the trees. I suppose you're wondering what all of this has to do with justice? What any of this has to do with peace? There is something very wrong with what's happening in this country and around the world. People have forgotten, and others like myself are completely ignorant about, how to live in harmony with the land. Humanity has grown so accustomed to exploiting good things that the few in power have made us all completely and hopelessly dependent on them. "The poor are ruled by the rich, and those who borrow are slaves to the moneylenders." Proverbs 21: 7 We have been convinced that we need the latest car, Apple product (or any other technological gadget), fashion, the biggest home, the job with the most notoriety etc...but we don't. People we do not NEED these things. We're in debt and dying trying to get them, starving our souls to keep them.
Again , I am not saying that having nice things is wrong, however, do not lose your mind behind them. Revive your own consciousness and look at these things for what they are. They do not define you. There is real evil we need to fight and until we can see past the matrix...we are short soldiers. God is amazing and He will not withhold any good thing from you! There is no need to covet them. Live BELOW your means...and give to God out of a grateful heart and He will give you even more. I think that we all need to BREAK FREE of the hold society has on us...stop feeding into the lies and the hype. We're in a war people and losing the fight right now simply because...we are NOT fighting. They're playing chess and we're playing connect four.
"I looked again and saw people being mistreated everywhere on earth. They were crying, but no one was there to offer comfort, and those who mistreated them were powerful." Ecclesiates 4:1
"I noticed all this and thought seriously about what goes on in the world. Why does one person have the power to hurt another? Ecclesiates 8:9
"Once I saw what people really think of wisdom. It happened when a powerful ruler surrounded and attacked a small city where only a few people lived. The enemy army was getting ready to break through the city walls. But the city was saved by the wisdom of a poor person who was soon forgotten. So I decided that wisdom is better than strength. Yet, if you are poor, no one pays any attention to you, no matter how smart you." Ecclesaites 9:13-16
So what, if we are "poor" and the world thinks little of us? We are not cheap...Christ PAID for us ALL with HIS life. Regardless of whether or not..we have chosen to be with Him..He still bought us at a very high price. Let go of these notions of inferiority!! Let's fight! Fight to be who God intended us to be and He did not make us weak minded. Read up on what's going on but start making changes in your life. Just look at it and ponder how dependent you are...what if it all came to a screeching halt tomorrow? What would you do? Until we unplug from the matrix will never have any justice nor see any real peace but perhaps even worse than these...we'll remain in bondage. BReak OUt- freeMe!! Be free!!
The people will ask, "Lord, when did we fail to help you when you were hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in jail?" The king will say to them, "Whenever you failed to help any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you failed to do it for me."