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How God Feels About Justice

When I was on the junior high football team I had a bad habit of spearing running backs with my helmet. I'd run as fast as I could and head my opponent like a raging bull. There was a problem. I was only about 100 pounds soaking wet. At the same age, my 13 year old is 160. At any rate, one day I decided to pick on a rather large running back weighing in about 175. Centrifugal force was not in my favor. The next thing I knew, the coach had put some ammonia based smelling salts under my nose and I came to. Never had I seen things so clearly. My eyes were dilated so everything was bright, my mind was sharp, and I was violently cast out of a dark sleep. 

Sometimes God speaks in scripture the same way about what is important to Him. I thought this verse from the Message Bible was apropos regarding our last few conversations regarding sex trafficking, Craigslist, and how we approach it. It's also important in lieu of the fact that today is the National Day of Prayer:


Amos 5:21-25

"I can't stand your religious meetings. 

I'm fed up with your conferences and conventions.

I want nothing to do with your religion projects, 
   your pretentious slogans and goals.
I'm sick of your fund-raising schemes, 
   your public relations and image making.
I've had all I can take of your noisy ego-music. 
   When was the last time you sang to me?
Do you know what I want? 
   I want justice—oceans of it.
I want fairness—rivers of it. 
   That's what I want. That's all I want."

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posted May 6, 2010 at 10:01 am

Praying so hard for justice today. When I get weary or feel like we might be overwhelming (or annoying) others we think of those precious girls who are weeping and crying out for Justice.
Thanks for being a voice in this dark world for JUSTICE-oceans of it.

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posted May 6, 2010 at 10:05 am

Awesome!!! What a clear word about what God wants from us. Thanks for fighting for justice!

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Kirsten Vogel

posted May 6, 2010 at 10:17 am

wow. That gave me goosebumps. awesome.

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Ryan Taylor

posted May 6, 2010 at 11:06 am

Thanks for this, Tom. Love it.

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posted May 6, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Love it!!!

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Lisa C.

posted May 6, 2010 at 3:44 pm

“Then the LORD saw it, and it DISPLEASED Him that there was NO JUSTICE. He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore HIS own ARM brought salvation for Him and HIS own righteousness, it sustained Him. For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of VENGEANCE for clothing, and was clad with ZEAL as a cloak. According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay FURY to His adversaries, RECOMPENSE to His enemies; The coastlands He will fully repay. So shall they FEAR the name of the LORD from the west, and His GLORY from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a FLOOD, the SPIRIT OF THE LORD will lift up a STANDARD AGAINST him. – Is. 59:15-19

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