We have an uncomfortable theme echoed throughout the whole of scripture, but highlighted this morning. That theme is “seeking justice, speaking truth to power”.
“Seeking justice” is one of our baptismal promises, but in the words of Luther:
‘What does this mean?’.
Our Psalm poses the same question in a cosmic drama, involving God before a panel of gods or spiritual beings. God, in an accusative tone, inquires:
- When will YOU stop judging unjustly?
- When will YOU stop favoring the wicked?
Honestly, God asks us these same questions.
God, then, instructs the panel and humankind about the proper use of our time, energy, talents, and treasures. In short, to seek justice by
- saving the vulnerable;
- defending the vulnerable; and
- rescuing and releasing the vulnerable from the hands of their oppressors.
Those, including ourselves, with power, authority, and privilege have the call and responsibility to seek justice for the vulnerable.
Those, including ourselves, who benefit from the abuse, oppression, or dehumanization of another, have the call and responsibility to confess AND to repent.
Unfortunately, in order to answer the call and embrace our responsibilities, our eyes, ears, and hearts must be exposed to the truth.
Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, understood that the political powers, their prophets, the religious authorities, and the people (including ourselves) do not desire the truth. We prefer the sunshine and rose filled illusions provided by the false prophets. Read the rest of this entry »