Perspective and closeness with God in working to end injustice

Sometimes when we work to correct rights-based oppressions, it can be tempting to justify our existence and efforts on what we are specifically able to accomplish. There are a lot of people who generate calls to pay attention to all sorts of injustice because they want to resolve them, but also because they find meaning in working towards solutions. The desire to resolve injustice is a holy desire, but deriving our inherent worth from what we are able to accomplish will leave you bitter and angry at the end of your life if you haven’t got that far, and self-righteous if you have. The legitimization of our existence comes through God in Christ, and searching for him exclusively in the law will leave you exhausted because he came to fulfill and complete the law, something that any of us working either alone or as part of a group will never do. We can work and desire after justice like God’s own heart, but what we are able to deliver is ultimately out of control and no where near what God will do on the last day, as well as all that he will do to lead up to it. In his love, we can multiply our efforts and find meaning that transcends what we are individually able to accomplish, as well as the peace that every struggling heart needs. If you are feeling exhausted by what you care about, it is better to pray to God and ask him to come alongside you in the heart of it, because only he can provide the peace of mind that you need and be the mighty hand that covers all our sin. If it isn’t in him, change will not mean as much. Desiring after change is a divine expression of love when we do not separate it from him.


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I am a second-grade teacher and pastor-to-be who loves people. I spend my weekends with friends or wandering the museums of DC alone and with a journal, trying to put words on the places of the soul that still feel wordless. I spent most of my days at school trying to learn patience through my students and running on sheer nerdy passion. I follow Jesus Christ, and savor that as my most important identity--that I am a child of God, as are infinite others, regardless of their other identities. Christ is my one thing.

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