Let justice roll on like a river… “So come move, let justice roll on like a river, Let worship turn into revival, Lord, lead us back to you.” These are words found in a new song we have recently begun to sing at ACC.
The words are taken from Amos 5:24, which says,
“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never failing stream!”
The New Living Translation puts it this way, “I want to see a mighty flood of justice, and an endless river of righteous living.”
There isn’t room in this editorial to go into all that is being said in Amos, but very simply it is that God hates religious worship, songs, and devotion which is meaningless, if it is accompanied by unfair treatment of the poor.
This leads me to ask various questions:Are we at ACC flowing with the river of God’s Justice or going against it? What is God’s Justice anyway?
In our legal system justice means punishing the perpetrator and restoring what has been taken unlawfully. If it is carried out fairly it involves punishing the wrongdoer, but can it restore peace of mind for those who have been wronged?
How often do we feel we have been unfairly treated and how does that make us feel? Does it lead to us treating others fairly or not …?
How is human justice similar to or different from God’s justice?
What is God’s heart for Justice?
How can we see our worship and prayer lead us to acts of justice, which then lead us back to worship and prayer?
How can we let the river of God’s Justice flow through us? What would this look like?
Here at ACC we believe that God’s Justice is a critical issue. However, sometimes we need reminding of this.
This coming Sunday we will have a reminder of why this issue is so important, and how we may consider our actions, worship and prayer in the light of God’s Justice. What is God saying about Justice to us as His body and as individuals? What will we do about it?
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday when we will explore more about Justice.