For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. It means not retaliating when we’re wronged. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Why/why not? Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. (Proverbs 16:11—NKJV) “Justice is blind.” This is a fair statement meant to express the impartiality of justice. What does the Bible say about justice versus fairness? Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”. The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. Otherwise, they were to be good slaves, in submission to their owners. 5:22-24) and parents over children (Eph. If we follow how He lived, we will form our lives correctly. (I can guess that because I don’t like his answer either!) If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you. How can we know whether it’s permissible to move out from under corrupt authority? Publisher: OpenBible.info. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—. God means for justice to reign in this world through the people made in his image. They provide a practical foundation for Christians asking what the Bible says about how we should approach our work.The Bible makes it clear that work matters to God. How broadly can we apply to modern life principles given to slaves? If I am, then I can appeal with the proper attitude of submission. They should revolt!”. Although we know that life isn’t fair, we’re prone to fight back when we’re the victims of unfair treatment. Answer: The Bible has a lot to say on the subject of injustice. Third, when He was reviled, He didn’t revile in return. In story after story, the Bible’s narrative is the same: God rescues his people and they reject his rule. Is it always wrong to defend ourselves or to speak out when we are treated unfairly? Submitting to unfair treatment and giving up our rights communicates the truth, that we’re living as pilgrims on our way to heaven. Concordance. If so, I deserve punishment (2:20). Scripture gives us many stories illustrating a Christ-like response to apparent unjust leadership. There is a proper place for self-defense and for confronting the errors of those who have mistreated us, as long as we work through proper channels. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. This raises the question of whether or not it is proper for Christians to belong to trade unions. If I conclude that the superior is simply out to get me because of my faith, I probably need to bear the unfair treatment patiently for Christ’s sake. Peter gives the answer in the final clause of 2:23: Jesus made it through the cross by continually entrusting Himself to the Father who judges righteously. ‣ I have been crucified with Christ. And slaves were exhorted to be good, submissive workers. Thus, the situation for submission is one in which we are under authority. So that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. My guess is that you’re not going to like his answer. It is wise to listen to (Proverbs 18:13) and understand each other before forming an opinion (Proverbs 18:2). II. Publication date: Jan 2, 2021. How can we possibly live this way? Sometimes unequal treatment in the workplace does not violate the law but is a result of poor management. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. What the Bible Says about Work. Does that mean that I must remain under unjust authority for the rest of my life? As the boy walked home after the prayer meeting, a friend saw him and offered him a lift in his car. 1. So here, when he says that we should be submissive with all fear, he means, “fear toward God,” not “fear toward the earthly master.”. God hates injustice because it perverts his world. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. There is a time to get out from under corrupt spiritual authority (as in the Reformation). These are not easy things for any of us to apply. F T For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. One way to apply this is consciously to recognize that you don’t work primarily for your employer; you work for God. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. When Jesus was wronged, He did not retaliate in kind. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. But consider the rebellious spirit of our age and of our country and ask yourself if you are behaving properly toward those in authority over you, especially at work. Because you’re a Christian, you don’t go out drinking after hours with the boss and you don’t swap the latest dirty jokes with him. God is holy and a holy just […] First, Jesus did not commit sin. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. During Jesus’ mockery of a trial before the Sanhedrin, He was silent until the high priest said, “I adjure You by the living God, that You tell us whether You are the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus couldn’t remain silent to that question, so He answered, “You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven” (Matt. He may want to bear witness through you. ‣ Fret not yourself; it tends … The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 1 (Luke 19:1-10), Bible Storying Series - Teaching The Story Of God Chronologically. He put down his critics in a strong and, at times, sarcastic manner. Hebrews 10:30. Life isn’t fair! “For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. Labs How can we know when it’s proper to defend ourselves and when we should bear injustice without defense? Second, there was never any deceit in His mouth. If secular advocacy is calling on government officials to pay attention to what’s important to you, biblical advocacy is reminding them to do what God has called them to do — since 88% of Congress publicly claims faith in Christ.. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. You really went out with your friends. ‣ Jesus entrusted Himself to the Father, knowing that even though the way led to the cross, it also led through the cross to the glory beyond. The Apostle Paul wrote 2 Corinthians, Galatians, and parts of other epistles to defend his character and ministry which were under attack. But that isn’t the biblical approach to righting the social evil of slavery. Christian Chat is a moderated online Christian community allowing Christians around the world to fellowship with each other in real time chat via webcam, voice, and text, with the Christian Chat app.You can also start or participate in a Bible-based discussion here in the Christian Chat Forums, where members can also share with each other their own videos, pictures, or favorite Christian music. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. Z. Slavery is evil! ‣ As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. I will say in passing that you need to think through whether you can bear witness of a Christlike spirit, in submission to God and to your employer, while belonging to an organization that seeks to fight for your rights. You work hard and produce for the company. That’s the American way, isn’t it? “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. Answer: Before discussing the Christian view of social justice, we need to define terms. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. Question: "What does the Bible say about injustice?" The Bible has plenty to say about how we should treat one another as well. P For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”, For nothing will be impossible with God.”, Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. I’m going to offer five statements to seek to explain and apply what Peter is saying. If our Master’s footprints led to the cross where He suffered unjustly, so we can expect to die to self and suffer unjustly. They belonged as property to their owners. As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. The topic of work comes up at the very beginning of the Bible. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell. No one comes to the Father except through me. If so, I need to examine my life to see if I’m doing something to provoke the attack. Christ left an example for us to follow in His steps (2:21). Peter quotes (2:22-23) from Isaiah 53 to show how Jesus did not retaliate when He was wronged. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. The important question is, “How do you respond when you’re treated unfairly?” How should you respond? R 26:63-64). Dear Friends, we must speak up against injustice.Please remember that in whatever we say or do, we must apply wisdom.Dear Friends, wisdom comes from God.We must remember to seek God first in all things, and allow God to lead us.When we make a habit of seeking God first in all we do, … “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. ‣ ‣ Are Christians supposed to be doormats? Is it wrong to defend ourselves and to stand up for our rights when they are violated by an employer? Christ said little regarding politics other than railing against hypocritical Jewish leaders who enriched themselves off others' efforts and twisted the law to sanctify their privileges. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Here are ten key points about work drawn from the Bible. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. They delivered Him up to death, but He delivered Himself up for our sins, trusting in the Father. Visit the Bible online to search for words if you don’t know the specific passage your’re looking for. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. First, favoritism is incongruent with God’s character: “God does not show favoritism” ( Romans 2:11 ). Christ is that kind of example for us. We are born with a strong inner sense of fairness and a strong desire to fight for our rights when we have been treated unfairly. J 6:1-4). Although we know that life isnt fair, were prone to fight back when were the victims of unfair treatment. After they finally got airborne and things calmed down, Dr. Hendricks called the woman aside and said, “I want to get your name so that I can write a letter of commendation to your employer.” He was surprised when she responded, “Thank you, sir, but I don’t work for American Airlines.” He sputtered, “You don’t?” “No,” she explained, “I work for my Lord Jesus Christ.” She went on to explain that before each flight, she and her husband would pray together that she would be a good representative of Christ on her job. He often comes in late, he spends a lot of time chatting with the secretaries, he takes long lunches, and he does sloppy work which you often have to correct. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. ‣ I’m going to whip you for that!” The boy replied, “No, I went to the prayer meeting.” The father exploded, “I’m going to give you a double whipping for lying about it.”. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. Question: "What does the Bible say about social justice?" And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. In other words, if our attitude and motives are in submission to God, we need not always silently endure unjust treatment as Christian doormats. There is the sphere of the church, in which elders have authority over the flock (1 Pet. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, ... And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”. If God is for us, who can be against us? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. If you’re being treated unfairly at work, you may be looking at a tremendous opportunity to bear witness for Christ by your behavior. You have demonstrated what it means to live under God’s authority, with a view to pleasing Him. Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. But He didn’t. You’ll have to struggle to apply it personally to your specific situation. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. When treated unfairly by a superior, we should submissively endure by entrusting ourselves to God, the righteous Judge. That’s a sensitive issue, and I don’t have time to deal with it. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”. Vengeance is always wrong for the Christian (Rom. He always acted in obedience to the Father, never in self-will. Where the father goes, the child goes, because he puts his feet in those same footprints. Cite this page: Editor: Stephen Smith. Why does God allow unjust authority to go on? Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Blog, A More on this in a moment. E See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. God’s way is for us to identify the nature of the relationship: Am I under the authority of the person who is treating me unfairly? “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. The issue of a slave’s response to his master had far-reaching cultural implications in that day when there were millions of slaves. It didn’t result in a slave revolt, although eventually it did topple slavery. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? THE SECONDTHING TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN TREATED UNFAIRLY IS THAT WHAT HAPPENS INYOU IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU. 5:1-5; Heb. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy. Why/why not. Following “in His steps” pictures a child who steps in his father’s footprints in the snow. L C He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. Slave owners are wrong! As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. He didn’t say, “Just you wait! Peter says that we are called to the same purpose as Christ was (2:21). Y ‣ Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. In like manner, we are to follow our Savior. The main principle is, am I under the authority of the person who is acting unfairly toward me? A third factor concerns our witness to outsiders. ‣ He may want to teach you some hard lessons of being like Christ. The biblical approach was to exhort slave owners to treat their slaves with dignity and fairness. The father saw his son get out of the friend’s car and said, “You lied to me about going to the prayer meeting! The motives for submission are to please God and to bear witness. But if the appeal fails, I must submit. However, in 1866 the 14th Amendment, which was to guarantee the basic rights of all citizens, designated the word citizen to mean “male … He didn’t trade insults. Answer: The term women’s rights gained popularity in America beginning in 1848, in Seneca, New York, when 300 people signed a declaration calling for an end to discrimination against women. ‣ We know that God is in favor of justice; we know that He is against injustice, even in the most basic terms. You’re careful not to waste company time with excessive chit-chat. But thank God that Jesus endured unfair treatment on our behalf by bearing our sins so that we could receive eternal life! For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. The idea is that God gives grace (same Greek word as “credit” and “favor”) to the humble, not to the defiant, assertive, and self-reliant. So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. W If so, your words are backed up by the powerful testimony of your good works. The attitude of fighting for our rights communicates to the world that we’re living for the things of this world. Social justice is such a politically charged concept that it can’t really be divorced from its modern-day context. O If I am being falsely attacked on the job, I need to ask myself how I can bear the most effective witness for Jesus Christ. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. Last week in prayer meeting, he blessed us all with a fine word of testimony.” The father asked, “Was my boy in prayer meeting last week? ... Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? I may need to explain my motivation. While we’ll never be as unselfish as Jesus, it is a goal we should strive for. “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. God has ordained various spheres of authority. These are some of the issues we must think through if we want to apply this text properly. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. U We should actively work to avoid jumping to conclusions based on limited information from just one source (Proverbs 18:17). He knew that His persecutors would be judged and dealt with according to their sins. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told. G So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. When He defended Himself, He was always truthful. ‣ It’s true: life isn’t fair! From 1977-1992 he was the pastor of Lake Gregory Community Church in Crestline, California. OpenBible.info I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Neither should we. Let’s assume that you are a conscientious worker on your job. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Was Paul wrong to stand up to corrupt authority in Acts 16:35-40? He could have selfishly stood up for His rights (after all, He is Lord of the universe!). 13:17). They should see Christlikeness there, not a defiant spirit of self-will that characterizes those who are living for themselves and the things of this world. It is the same word used for Jesus being delivered up to Pilate by the Jews and to the soldiers by Pilate (John 19:11, 16). … And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. This is where the boss likes one person far more than anyone else. Not one of the fifteen or so commentators I read dealt with the tough practical implications raised here. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. ‣ It means following Christ’s example, even as He went to the cross. Thus, conscious of God (probably the best translation of “conscience toward God” [2:19, NASB]), we should seek to submit to please Him, trusting Him to deal with the unjust authority. Bible verses about fairness God is fair and He is an honest judge and just like any honest judge He has to judge sin, He can’t let the guilty go free. These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. It wasn’t a quick fix to the evil of slavery. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. Geocoding His unjust suffering (Peter uses this word instead of “death” to relate to his readers’ suffering) secured our salvation in a substitutionary sense (as Peter goes on to make clear in 2:24). Unfairness (1 Occurrence) Exodus 21:8 If she doesn't please her master, who has married her to himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”. Rather, He defended Himself as being sent from the Father and He attacked these critics by saying that they were of their father, the devil! Peter addresses this to “servants.” The word refers to household servants, but these were not just domestic employees; they were slaves. But if they’ve heard where I stand, it may be that quiet submission, where I let go of my rights, would be most effective. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. He is the supreme authority over all, of course. As Dr. E. Calvin Beisner observes, "When the Bible speaks of doing justice for or to the poor, it does so in light of their having suffered injustice." A few days later the father was in the hardware store and ran into the pastor of the church where his son attended. He knew that He would be vindicated by being raised from the dead and enthroned at the right hand of the Majesty on high. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. For example, in John 8 the Jews attacked Jesus’ character and authority by saying that He was bearing false witness about Himself and that He was illegitimately born. ‣ Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! A blameless God creates humanity, which unfairly rejects its Creator. Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Honest weights and scales are the Lord’s; all the weights in the bag are His work. I thought he went out with his friends.” The father was broken and soon came to Christ. 2:18; Eph. D And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. ‣ This is the great and first commandment. 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