Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Demanding Justice

Demanding justice for themselves, is something that I often see among Christians, especially in the workplace.

  • I'm smarter than him, I should be in charge.
  • Why do I get stuck doing everything?
  • I'm not cleaning up after him again!

They grumble and complain, in bitterness and anger, at treatment they perceive as unfair. Often I've heard such behavior defended on the grounds of the importance God places on justice. But is this application correct? What steps should we take to ensure that we are treated justly?

Here's a text that recently stood out in regards to this issue.
Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. (1 Peter 2:18-20)

To sum it up:
We should patiently endure the injustices suffered in our employment, while remaining faithful, obedient, and diligent; with the aim of maintaining a clear conscience before God. In everything, we are ultimately serving God, and not man. We are to do everything to his glory. (Col 3:17)

But where is our justice? Peter has us look to Jesus as our example.
When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. (1Peter 2:23)

Jesus left it in the hands of his Father to set things right. Only God can truly judge justly and see to it that the verdict is carried out. We should leave it in his hands as well.

Do you protest and complain when treated unfairly, or do you continue to trust that God is in control and knows what is best?
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