Cry for Justice

img_1063Last night the high school youth in our church talked about racism. As they told stories, I was struck by several things.

1) Their passion for calling out negative language and jokes.
2) Their frustration when leaders ignore or do not handle racism suitably.
3) Their honesty that they have things to learn about other cultures.
4) Their respect for Martin Luther King Jr. and desire to learn more about the importance of diversity.

Their persistence and cry for justice echo what we will hear in our Bible reading on Sunday. In Luke 18:1-8 Jesus tells a story about an unjust judge. A woman cries out for justice over and over to the unjust judge. Finally the judge relents so that she will stop bothering him.

Jesus lays out the meaning of the parable in verse one and seven. “Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart… And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night?” Of course God will listen. If even an unjust judge will listen, how much more will our loving God respond with mercy and justice when God’s children cry out!

What timely words for our youth who cry out for justice. What timely words as our country prepares to choose leaders who will lead with justice. What timely words as we pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering from floods, hurricanes, hunger, homelessness, and racism.

Do not lose heart. Do not lose heart! We can cry out for justice over and over through our prayers. We can cry out for peace and justice through our actions and words. We can encourage each other to walk as Jesus did with love, respect, and mercy for all. God’s justice will prevail—maybe not in the ways we expect, but God’s promise holds true for his chosen people.

Thank you youth for sharing your stories and passion. May you continue to be leaders who are open to diversity of all kinds.

Try watching this video and talking about it with a friend or family member:

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