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Standing up against injustice
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Pastor Steve Lane

This past Monday, this nation commemorated a man who was best known for leading a cause against social injustice. Martin Luther King Jr. ended up dying for this cause.

This nation, since its beginning, has struggled with injustice, from how we treated American Indians, to the issue of slavery of the black race, to the confinement of the Japanese in camps during World War II.

Even in recent history, people suffer injustice because of race, nationality and social class, for example. Believe it or not, Christians suffer injustice not only around the world, but also in this United States of America, which was founded on Christian values.

This past Sunday was National Right to Life Sunday, which is a day which emphasizes that every baby has a right to be born. Here is a group who cannot speak up for themselves; someone has to be a voice crying out against the injustice showed to them.

Injustice is treating people unfairly or being impartial because of some type of prejudice. The Bible speaks over and over about this issue from Old to the New Testament. One such passage, Micah 6:8 says, “He (God) has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

In other words, if we do what’s right and what God requires of us, we must treat people with fairness and impartiality.

What must we do to combat the problem of injustice around us? First, we must admit that it exists; we can’t put our heads in the sand. Second, we should speak out against it whenever we witness it. Third, we must not participate in it.

If each one of us will practice these things, then we will start to see a more fair and just society in which we live. May God forgive us for our past failures in this area, and may we march ahead doing the right things and in doing so, please our heavenly Father.

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