On Enduring Injustice

It can be crushingly painful to endure personal injustice, especially from people who make Christian claims.

I passed through one of these seasons some years ago and found myself—mostly during long walks—bouncing between two Scripture-based prayers.

I would pray that those who plotted evil would have it turned back on them.

But then I would remember that I wasn’t faultless and that God had been overwhelmingly merciful to me.

I would then pray that God would show mercy and somehow work to set things right in our chaotic community caught in destructive dynamics.

Harnessing and surviving the emotional upheaval that follows unjust treatment is no easy task.  There’s much more to say about all of that, but I’ll just point to Michael Pahl’s excellent post today on this very topic.

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4 responses to “On Enduring Injustice

  • Patrick

    Tim,

    I had a local acquaintance who was serving The Lord be falsely accused of something relating to his service to The Lord. It really bothered him and I sensed it. I wrote him a note reminding him of I Peter 2:19-25.

    That is one motivating passage when we feel like this. Keep up the good work!

  • bobmacdonald

    I think we need to go beyond individualism here. The implied conflict between the anointing of TNK and Christ in the post you reference is deeply troubling to me. I do not trust the translation of Psalm 54 or its application out of its context.

  • Andrew T.

    Isn’t there actually both, mercy and justice? In the long run all unrighteousness will be repaid, but in the meanwhile God is merciful , allowing people to continue on, live, choosing their paths, storing up wrath or grace for the day of reckoning.

    We see only part of the picture. We see God’s patience with unrighteousness and we long for restitutuion. How much more does God long for restitution? Yet the saints in [Rev 6:9-11] ask that same question, but it seems from God’s response He knows perfectly how and when to balance mercy against justice.

    Can’t we see the mystery of that also in His solution to sin? Who would have thought the solution to sin, the ultimate expression of mercy, was to allow man to cruelly crucify God (while in the form of man). An apparent act of wrath, in fact was the ultimate expression of redemption. To man’s thinking, doesn’t that just seem backwards?

  • Patrick

    In a sense, isn’t David’s prayer in Psalm 54 a prayer like Paul’s “sow to the flesh, reap a harvest of corruption”? I don’t see these 2 as opposed to each other.

    It is Divine that evil finds it stony end in judgment in some form or fashion, it is not OUR role to apply it is all and David did not ask for authority to apply retaliation here. He asked Yahweh to do what Paul said Yahweh does do.

    While Paul advises us to pray for the tormentor, he does tell us that to do so places heaping coals on their heads, just as David prayed. I see literary unity here.

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