Let Justice Flow…

by Min. Andre Gilford

From Amazing Grace – The ROHO Devotional Series

Watch: Know Justice, Know Peace by Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman

Read: Amos 5:18-24: Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord! For what good is the day of the Lord to you? It will be darkness, and not light. It will be as though a man fled from a lion, And a bear met him! Or as though he went into the house, Leaned his hand on the wall, And a serpent bit him! Is not the day of the Lord darkness, and not light? Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it? “I hate, I despise your feast days, And I do not savor your sacred assemblies. Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them, Nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings. Take away from Me the noise of your songs, For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments. But let justice run down like water, And righteousness like a mighty stream.

We are living in very uncertain times. Hatred and intolerance has taken residence in the hearts of those in power. Isolation and exclusion has become the norm of incredible precedent. We are entering into an era that many of our ancestors would have despised for their descendants. As we celebrate the legacy of our dear ancestor, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we must remember the fight of his life was to bring all people into the healing love of God. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of a better world; a world without hate, separation, discrimination, and rejection. He dreamed of a future in America that was rid of bigotry and filled with affirmation and light. Yet, today, many of us do not feel this as the law of the land. Who would’ve thought that the future would seem so bleak?

The Word of God provides a charge for the faithful to stand up during these dark times and rejuvenate the dream of justice for all as commanded by God’s Word. The prophet Amos conveys the point that God is not interested in church as usual, yet, God is concerned about the fate of God’s beloved people. “What is the state of the poor, the hungry, the broken, the uninsured, those of color, those of different ability,” God asks. Amos 5 challenges us to act in the face of injustice to bring about a world that Dr. King dreamed of, a world that God wants all God’s beloved to abide in.

Today, ask yourself, in the words of Dr. Howard Thurman, are you doing what makes you come alive. So many people are hurting and distressed by the daily events in their life and in the world. When the people of God stand up and say, “Not on our watch,” then we will be able to proclaim that we “know justice” and we “know peace” as Dr. Turman aspires. God is waiting for us to move. In the spirit of Dr. King, we must march on to beautiful Zion, so that all people can experience the beautiful love of Christ.

Pray: God of justice, God of peace, Thank you for your enduring and precious love. Help me to be a force of justice for all. Help me to share your love with all. Help me to fight for all. In the name of your Son, who sacrificed for all, Amen.

About The Author

Andre Gilford Andre Gilford Jr is a seminarian, high school teacher, and writer from Detroit committed to the gospel of love and justice for all.

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