June 08, 2010

Why Do We Care About Injustice? Pt. 1: The Big Story Why do we care about injustice? Is it just a public relations campaign? Is it cultural imperialism? For the Christian, we have a way of responding. It is not by saying that everyone prefers justice because God wired him or her to do so, though that may be true. It is rooted in a story much wider than that simple statement. In this story we find a wellspring for mercy and justice far deeper than corporate guilt or public relations or cultural imperialism. This story tells us things about God and humanity and creation that we may have suspected but never fully realized. God created the heavens and the earth. He called it good. He made every living thing in both heaven and earth. And then He made Human. This much we know. But before you jump ahead to the bit about sin, ask yourself a question: Why did He make Human? Again, you’ll have to momentarily silence the familiar chorus that “God made mankind to be in relationship with Him.” True. But, Genesis doesn’t say that. What it does say is that God made mankind to, first, be in His image, and secondly, to reign. The goal of the first Humans was that, in fellowship and communion with God, they would be God’s image-bearers and bring His wise order and loving rule to the world. Now we can get to the part we know. Adam and Eve sinned. They rebelled and as a result of that rebellion, evil infected the cosmos. But Christ came. He shared in our sufferings and took the worst blow Evil could give, and by rising again, defeated it, draining the poison from Evil’s sting and atoning for Humanity’s sin all in one triumphant stroke. Jesus, the God-Man, perfectly fulfilled the call of the first...

Glenn Packiam

Lead Pastor, new life DOWNTOWN, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO. Author and songwriter.

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