Tag Archives: justice

How Is Your Vision?

“Victims succumb to “fate.” Victors create it. Not all goes their way, but they lament little, asking the QBQ (question behind the question), ‘How can I move forward?'”
(tweet from John G. Miller, @QBQguy, 7/10/12)

This tweet caught my attention as I considered a blog series on the victim vs. victor mentality. A person can not go forward without overcoming being a victim.

I have worked with people who have been victimized in terrible ways by uncaring and even malicious others. I have also worked with families who have gotten caught up in a sense of generational and perpetual victimization.
I do not minimize the suffering of anyone who has been mistreated physically or emotionally.
I only state that in order for anyone to go forward and take others forward with them, the victim must become a victor!

And so, with this simple premise laid out, keep reading as I pull from different sources and contexts to show that victimization can be overcome, survival can be embraced, and leading can occur that changes individuals and families for good!

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Justice Demands

Justice demands…
righting of wrongs
recognition of God’s order
responsibility for your actions
restoration, grace, and forgiveness
resilience under persecution
reliance on Jesus for the right way

Every Child Should Have a Father Like This…

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I’ve been blogging for a long time now. I write about faith, family, and fatherhood. I’m very passionate about it and becoming much more intentional about the impact I hope and pray my efforts make.

Narrowing down your focus can be difficult. But I discovered this week that it doesn’t have to be. Deciding what my focus should be came very easy when I stopped to look back at what has made the biggest impact on me as I have learned to be a father to my children and a leader for my family.

And so I make the following declaration, which will be the focus of my assertion and exertion, personally and in my work to strengthen fathers and families:

Every child should have a father.
That father is to be loving, wise, and just.

There is the Father of all, Jesus Christ, whom all must know. He also is the benchmark for love, wisdom, and justice that earthly fathers must imitate. And so my efforts would be two-fold: know the Father, and imitate Him. By teaching on love, wisdom, and justice, I would hope to inspire those who would be like Him for their children, as well as the fatherless of the world.

Simple, huh? Well, simply stated at least. If it were easy, then there would be many more happy children of all ages. There would be stronger families and a better society. I know I am one of many voices that are saying fathers need to step up for their children and families. But until every child has a relationship with their Father and the example of a father, I’ll keep speaking out in the best way I know how, in the way God has revealed to me to do so.

Forgiveness and Justice

1. Forgiveness is hard, but the benefits outweigh the costs because bitterness and pride take more from you than any wrong that someone else has done to you. “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble [you], and thereby many be defiled;” Heb. 12:15.

2. There is a misconception that forgiveness will get the offending party “off the hook.” Forgiveness may not resolve real or legal consequences for offending actions, and it certainly does not prevent the eternal consequences for sin- “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” Romans 13:1.

3. There is a misconception that things have to go back to being the way they were before the offense was committed. There are certainly relational consequences for offenses committed, some of which may never be overcome. But justice is not about equality in relationships, is it? It is about right relationships. And in order for a relationship to remain right, it may have to be redefined in the wake of an offense in order to allow healing or prevent future offenses from occurring. For example- mankind fell a long way from his place in God in the garden of Eden. But through the cross and Christ’s sacrifice, we can come into right relationship with God. Life isn’t the way it would have been before man’s fall from grace, but because Jesus redefined His relationship with us we have “that blessed hope,” and look forward to “the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;” Titus 2:13.

These thoughts have been inspired by a recent Bible study taught by Rev. Jeff Jaco at the church I attend, Blue Goose Pentecostal Church.

Starts with Dad, Starts at Home

For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. (Genesis 18:19 KJV)

Does the Lord know this about you, dad? Is the legacy and the blessing safe with you? Will your generations to come call you a blessed example, a great believer, a strong provider, a faithful teacher? Can God deliver on the promise that is meant for your family through faith, because you impart faith to your family?

Live simply. Love completely. Lead diligently. Serve humbly. Start at home.

Do Justice

He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8

The words of this scripture are significant to me in a number of ways. I have heard them most recently in the song by Casting Crowns entitled “Courageous,” featured in the movie of the same name. This scripture is the key verse for the Union University School of Social Work, from which I graduated. It is but one of many scriptural iterations of what pleases God in our daily lives.

To do justice may involve many things. When I think about the family, doing justice by our children involves giving them the discipline and training required to be successful in life, before God. It means taking a long-term view of living that sometimes denies the desires of the present in favor of sustained happiness in the future. Teaching children to wait with patience for those things that are most important in life and will lead them to peace, without fear of negative consequences. Instilling good habit the importance of work, the value of prayer, the value of helping others.

How else do we do justice by our children? I invite you respond!