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One of the attributes of God that Jesus demonstrated is Justice. The word means fairness, also having the connotation of prosperity in the sense of restoring what has been stolen, or granting what is our inheritance.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. Ps 89:14 NIV

The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. Prov 29:7 NIV

The concept of justice or discernment implies that there is a right and wrong, and we can tell what it is. Righteousness is a state of forgiveness and right standing, but justice is an act of setting a wrong situation right. The influence of secularism, relativism and multiculturalism has led to a belief that we have no right to discern good from evil and, therefore, no basis from which to act upon it. The further implication is pacifism and a form of dualism, whereby we delegate the fight to God and allow injustice to grow unchecked.

The truth is that we can discern injustice and God expects us to act.

The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment: 16 “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Cor 2:15-16 NIV

Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it fully. Prov 28:5 NIV

But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Heb 5:14 NIV

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1-2 NIV

Culturally, we refrain from celebrating those in our culture who maintain justice – namely the police and the military. The reality is that those who maintain justice occupy a cultural mountain that is spiritual, and their role is a ministry. Like every other mountain, we need Christians to lead them if we expect justice to be maintained. There is a great deal of Godly authority and anointing for those in the political, military and justice departments to maintain a Godly standard of justice. Countless times in military history God has intervened in miraculous ways… the battle of Midway in WWII is one of my favorites. Neville Chamberlain is my favorite cowardly fool who proved once again that compromise and appeasement with the devil is not possible.

Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Rom 13:3-5 NIV

It is also true that when God’s people have refused to confront evil the incredible injustice of gas chambers and genocide has resulted, and blood of millions rests on our hands. When the righteous will not stand for liberty and justice, the enemy always fills the gap with killing, stealing and destroying. Iran and Ukraine are present day examples. The price of liberty really is eternal vigilance. As believers there is no such thing as “war-weary.” Demons don’t take vacations. We expect to resist the devil spiritually and practically, and we expect to see him flee. This is not an hour for spiritual leaders to be silent.

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matt 16:19 NIV

“I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Matt 18:18 NIV

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”  22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” John 20:21-23 NIV

Being Christ-like is being full of grace, mercy and truth. But Jesus was not shy about discerning the true nature of people and telling it like it is. The fruit of discernment is justice. When we tolerate evil under the banner of being inclusive and non-judgmental, we are only fooling ourselves.

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44 NIV

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Deitrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident… Apart from his theological writings, Bonhoeffer became known for his staunch resistance to the Nazi dictatorship, including vocal opposition to Hitler’s euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews. Allegedly associated with the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler by members of the Abwehr (the German Military Intelligence Office), Bonhoeffer was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo, imprisoned at Tegel prison for one and a half years, and then in a Nazi concentration camp, and after a very brief, biased trial with other plotters as the Nazi regime collapsed, executed by hanging on April 9, 1945, just two weeks before Allied forces liberated the camp and three weeks before Hitler’s suicide.

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