A Call to Justice

By Kristen Johnson

I am really struggling today to find anything positive to say. The truth is that today I am embarrassed to be an American.

 

Unfortunately, in spite of our wonderful system of checks and balances, the Republicans now control the Senate, the House, and the Presidency. So, I fear that we can now say goodbye to Obamacare, women’s rights, feminism, environmental controls, social justice, social security and Medicare, science programs, higher education programs, as well as civility, kindness, and morality. I am trying desperately not to give in to fear, but I literally had nightmares last night about a world that looks something like a scene from World War Z.

Christians cannot possibly take this sitting down. The election is over, yes, but is the fight over? No. It is only over if you choose to sit idly by while social justice goes down the drain.

My call to duty as a Christian is to love and serve my neighbor. So, my reaction to the election results in the U.S. is to fight the incoming administration every single time they attempt to do an injustice to the poor, the disenfranchised, and the regular working people.

At the moment, I still have the right to free speech and assembly in this country. (I truly don’t know how long that will last, so I am called to exercise those rights proudly and very vocally over the next 4 years.) This is not a call to arms – this is a call to justice.

My call to justice is a call for non-violent civil disobedience, as Martin Luther King Jr. led during the civil rights movement in the 1960s. So, when the Republicans in charge dismantle Obamacare, I have the right to vocally and loudly protest. When they try to pass racist, anti-immigrant policies, I have the right to vocally and loudly protest. When they refuse to pass minimum-wage laws, try to overturn marriage equality, destroy healthcare, install more pipelines, build gigantic walls at our borders, refuse entry to immigrants, and give the rich corporations more and more and the working people less and less, I have the right to vocally and loudly protest.

We need to take our cues from Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, and Rosa Parks.

We must continue to fight for the poor, the immigrant, the disenfranchised, women and children, and generally for mercy, and justice for everyone.

James 4:17 NRSV): 17 Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin.

Get out your picket signs people, because IT IS ON.

Serve all with love.

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2 thoughts on “A Call to Justice

  1. Dear Kristen,
    Today is a bleak day for all of those people hoping for a different result. But it would have been the same for the other side of politics, had their candidate lost, and had all of the change, the hopes for a different direction for American society (in their eyes) been dashed.

    At the end of the day, we are often misled by the rhetoric of those who speak with glib tongues to beguile and deceive us. We sometimes lose sight of the fact that it is the True and Living God – our Creator, Guide, Counsellor and Friend – who is STILL IN CONTROL OF HIS CREATION.

    So take courage, and take some time to retreat in prayer, while you await His guidance for your next step(s). Pray instead for your leaders – I know you do this already, as part of the servant-hood call of Christians.

    Let me remind you that the person you are (with the Holy Spirit living within) need only be obedient. Let the outcome rest with Him. If you are called to oppose wrong where you see it, then by all means do so prayerfully, with all your might.

    And if it transpires that your countrymen and women have sown the wind, they will surely, over the next 4 years, will reap the whirlwind. God can use you powerfully during this time, to continue to point despondent souls back in His direction. Never take your eyes off the Cross. Continue to be the ministering person you are – many need to hear your daily words of hope and encouragement.

    People like me. And even people who voted for the other side. And your side too. All of us.

    Meanwhile, search within, and bring out your gratitude. Jesus said: “My Kingdom is not of this world” and “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you.” What an amazing thing we Christians possess, in just those two facts.

    Finally, let me just thank you for being obedient to our Lord in bravely posting your uplifting words, because if you had not done so through this blog, I would never have been reminded of this verse:

    From Proverbs 19: 21 “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” (NIV) You can not know the far reaching effect this is having in my life, and in the life of my family.

    And remember the wonderful and comforting words of Jesus:
    John 16: 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

    Let that be your thought today, and allow one of your daily readers to minister back to you, in your moment of despair. I know you will bounce back. It is human to feel the pain and the hurt of battles lost. But remember always WHOM it is whose battles they are.

    Love and kindness, and gratitude for your wonderful work.
    Ivan
    Australia

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    1. Thank you so much my friend Ivan for your kind and thoughtful words. It’s really been a tough day, but knowing that I am not alone, and as you say, God can continue to use me is so uplifting. That’s really my goal – for God to use me to serve. Peace, gratitude, obedience – thank you so much for that. I feel so much better.

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