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Since the fall into sin by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, our world has been broken and all mankind has fallen into a sinful state of affairs. Ever since, there has been an ongoing disobedience toward God and His commands to uphold His standards of righteousness and justice. And God’s standards for righteousness and justice have been replaced by our standards which are often corrupted and  prejudiced. 

 

Psalm 33:5  

“He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the LORD's unfailing love.”

 

Isaiah 1:17 

“Learn to do what is good. Pursue justice. Correct the oppressor. Defend the rights of the fatherless. Plead the widow's cause.”

 

Micah 6:8

“Mankind, he has told each of you what is good and what it is the LORD requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God."

 

Psalm 89:14

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.”

 

God’s righteousness is based on His divine moral standard of right and wrong, not on ours. God’s justice is based on impartial and equal use of God’s moral standards in how we treat others. God wants our lives to have both  -  righteousness and justice.  Again, the battle we face is because of sin in our world and in all of us, and the result is His righteousness and justice are not being upheld in society. These injustices occur in discriminations of all kinds in society today –race, age, gender, religious beliefs, sexual identities just to name a few of the hot buttons of today’s societal injustices.  

The current protesting occurring across our country is rooted in deep-seated discriminations and irresponsible acts that occur  because of the inability to apply God’s moral standards. And to be fair, in the midst of the peaceful protests going on there are significant injustices being done by some of the more violent protestors against their communities and society as well.  There still exist today racial discriminations and inequalities being expressed in our society. This is a deep rooted issue that goes back some 250 years in this country, and back even to the beginnings of God’s creation of man and woman. This root is spiritual in nature and has caused wars between peoples of all nations, races, religions, ethnic backgrounds, and whatever differences that we may have.  Ephesians 4:12 tell us this ,” For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” 

So, where does that leave us as members of The Crossing Church, and more to the point as followers of Jesus Christ. We need to stand on God’s truths as given to us in His Word. We need to live out our lives by His standards of righteousness and His Justice, not by our own standards. Our guiding principle for what we need to do can be captured in this passage of scripture in Matthew. Jesus captured God’s Law and standards for us as He was asked by the religious leaders of his day what God’s most important commandment is. 

Matthew 22:36-40 

 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 

 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

 

How do we obey these commandments of God? Not by our own ways which are corrupted and prejudiced. We are bent to apply our standards on others who don’t look like us, think like us, act like us, etc. As believers, we know that it is not possible to live up to God’s standards. We can only overcome the injustices in our lives, in our families, in our communities, and even in our church by the power of Jesus Christ and His Spirit in our lives.

 

 Galatians 5 :22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 

 

Because of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we can show love, grace, mercy, kindness, to all we meet in our daily lives, and apply God’s righteousness and justice to all no matter their color, age, gender, or whatever the differences might be. Jesus didn’t say to love our neighbors who are like us, but to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. And that includes everyone we meet and greet in life. 

 

And most important of all, we need to share the gospel with others. If we truly love our neighbors, we should want them to have that same salvation hope and joy that we have. This is, after all, the best gift we can give to our neighbors, and the best way we can love them!

 

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

 

May His grace and peace be ours,

The Crossing Church Elders

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Thursday | 6:45 pm
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4359 E Bauman Lane
Batavia, Ohio 45103
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PO Box 95
Batavia, Ohio 45103

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