magaretnahmias

Your choice

Do you want justice or revenge? If we are not careful, our sense of justice can turn into a sense of vengeance. This is why we get triggered when bad things happen, especially to us. That is why BLM is chasing out people who nothing to do with any race crime in NY. This is why there is so much resentment around the issue of race in America. This is why people rioted and being concerned about that is looked down on. Sometimes we deal with it by picking the scabs of emotional wounds so much they never heal. In race relations, the past is weaponized to condemn present wrongs instead of used as learning tools. People throw out terms like "your ancestors." Not everyone who lived in the past was my direct ancestors. I cannot go back and change what they did, even if they were.    

 There is a sense of helplessness that turns into anger. This is why God says to leave the revenge to him "Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. ( Romans 12:19) He knows what to do. He is not blinded by human emotions. His punishment of sins goes hand-in-hand with justice. That justice led Jesus to experience God's wrath in our place. Even to believers, it sounds like a cop-out because it seems like an excuse to ignore a problem. To a non-believer, it seems like a fantasy. When we take things into our own hands and try to hasten God's work, it goes wrong. We try to change the world before ourselves  

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