Stand Up for Justice
“Indeed there was no one like Ahab, who sold himself to do what was evil in the sight of the Lord…He acted most abominably in going after idols” (1 Kings 21:25)
Many times, the evil and sin present in the Bible is similar to the injustice we find in our modern world. In 1 Kings 21, King Ahab wants to possess the vineyard of a man named Naboth. When Naboth refuses to sell his property, Ahab has Naboth falsely accused of slander against the King and God. Naboth is stoned to death and Ahab takes Naboth’s land. In today’s world, powerful people continue to cheat others. Some use their wealth and influence to gain advantages to the disadvantage of others. The recent college admission scandal is a recent example of this abuse of power. When personal gain and success become an idol in our lives, we can act in ways that are “evil in the sight of the Lord.”
Thankfully, we have moral leaders, like Elijah, who seek justice against those who abuse their privilege and power. When we see others cheated or denied of their most basic rights, it’s our duty to rise up and speak against injustice. We have a moral responsibility to stand up for peace, justice, and mercy in a world that seems to prioritize the opposite. As a church, it’s our call to be that moral voice and moral compass for our community.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to be a moral voice when we are unbothered by the wrongs perpetuated against others. As people of faith, we must be listening for the cries of those in need. God hears the cry of the needy. But God needs the faithful to act in response to these cries for justice. Elijah heard the call and confronted Ahab. God may be calling us in this moment to work for God’s justice. Can God count on you?