A Place Where Justice And Peace Are Reconciled

Psalm 85:8-13: God the Lord will speak peace to God’s people who turn to God in their hearts.  Surely salvation is at hand.  Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; justice and peace will kiss each other.  Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and justice will look down from the sky.  Justice will go before the Lord, and will make a path for the Lord’s steps.

 

MICHAEL BROWN: The entire city of Ferguson, Missouri has been rioting in the streets as an act of protest after an unarmed 18 year old teenager who had just graduated from high school was shot 8 times – 14 witnesses said the boy laid on the floor while the officer in broad daylight walked up to him and killed him in broad daylight.

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CNN asked the question – “Are the police getting away with murder?”  http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/12/opinion/baez-police-garner-michael-brown-chokehold/

Last month, Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, died from an illegal police chokehold during an encounter on Staten Island, New York. The 43-year-old father of six died that afternoon and the medical examiner ruled it a homicide due to a police chokehold and chest compressions. Shocking video first posted by nydailynews.com showed Officer Daniel Pantaleo with his arm wrapped around Garner’s neck. Pat Lynch, head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, has denied Pantaleo used a chokehold, a tactic banned by the NYPD since 1993 PAt Lynch would late say “and even if he did (use an illegal choke hold) we (NYPD_ wouldn’t change our stance on Pantaleo’s use of force in this situation.”

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Just three years later, a BART police officer in Oakland, California,walked up to Oscar Grant while he was facedown on a subway platform, posing no threat and proceeded to shoot and kill the 22-year-old Oscar Grant . This murder inspired a movie, “Fruitville Station.” The transit police officer who shot him was never convicted of murder.

 

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We know all too well that Justice is hard to come by in this world. Officers, Organizations, Courts make mistakes and sometimes innocent people suffer for crimes they did not commit. Currently there are many protestors out in St. Louis protesting and clashing with the authorities demanding JUSTICE…

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However, because of our fallen nature this problem (lack of JUSTICE) will never cease in this broken world. In the midst of all the News stories we become more familiar with our broken justice system and I am once again reminded of Jesus Christ.

Because this is exactly what happened to Jesus when he was crucified 2000 years ago. Though he had done no wrong, uttered no threats, committed no crime, and had hurt no one, the powers that be decided that He had to die. So they gathered up false witnesses, they gathered charges against him, shuffled Him from one hearing to another, until they got what they wanted.

Jesus died a criminal’s death, hanging between two thieves. But he didn’t deserve to be there.
Jesus says, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.”  John 15:18
Ultimately, we must realize that it was our rebellion against God brought sin into the world. Sin has permeated and manifested its ugly head all over this world, all over history, all over our lives… if we are to change this world we then must look at ourselves first and repent because we are all responsible for what is going on. Even though times look tough we do have hope and we patiently await for Jesus’ return and only then can we experience the reconciliation of Justice and Mercy in the coming Kingdom which will have no end  for “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.Rev 21:4

 

 

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