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CAN THERE BE WORLD PEACE WITHOUT JUSTICE? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Jordal   
Monday, 25 October 2004

 by Jim Jordal


But let justice run down like waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.                                                                                                                                                            Hosea 4:6 (NKJV)

Thus says the Lord; "Keep justice, and do righteousness, for My salvation is about to come, and My righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who lays hold on it; who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and keeps his hand from doing any evil."                                                                                                                                          Isaiah 56:1-2 (NKJV)

“If you want peace, work for justice.”
                                                                                                                                                    Mother Teresa

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this.
                                                                                                                                          Isaiah 9:6-7 (NKJV)

      The belief that we can have world peace without universal justice is a monstrous delusion. Temporarily, peace without justice can be achieved through oppression, tyranny, fear, propaganda and control of information sources. But this peace is artificial, fleeting, and contains the seeds of its own destruction, for, as Abraham Lincoln said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time; and all of the people some of the time; but never all of the people all of the time.”
      During the Christmas season, we speak often of world peace as we worship and exalt Christ, the Prince of Peace and bringer of goodwill to men. But we need to remember that the peaceful world to come following the Second Advent of Christ will only exist in the presence of a world order establishing judgment and justice as necessary conditions for peace. 
      And what is God’s plan for the world ruled by His Son? I think it clear that God demands righteousness, justice, mercy, truth and love, among other things. Without these favorable conditions, how can there be peace? And this is what Christ and Christians will work for during His earthly reign . We pray the Lord’s prayer that “Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven,” often without realizing that we are asking for Christ’s rule to install God’s will here on earth, not in heaven, where it already exists.                              
      As we pray for peace, let’s pray also for righteousness, justice, judgment, mercy, and truth.  Let’s not forget that peace is a by-product of these universal virtues, not their source.
      Nor will lasting world peace come through human efforts. How many treaties of peace have been made and broken throughout history? How many military attacks have fallen upon innocent souls hoping only to be allowed to live in peace? How many dictators and tyrants have robbed people of their hope for peace? And how many are still to come?
      In 1945, following the “war to end all wars,” nations of the world launched the United Nations with the hope that never again would aggressive war be waged. And what has actually happened? Obviously, the UN has done much good, especially in humanitarian efforts. But we have not seen the end of war by any means. At any given time these days one can count possibly a dozen wars, revolutions, police actions, military occupations, etc. raging around the earth, creating human suffering almost beyond imagination.
      A generation or so ago, social scientists began to understand that something new was afoot in the earth. No longer were less-developed peoples and nations content to quietly starve amid poverty and squalor. With the advent of the communications revolution, they began to see that things didn’t have to be this way.Sitting in their villages watching TV, they saw previously unknown scenes from lands of wealth and plenty. So the term “revolution of expectations,” and the consequent movements for self-determinism exploded into human consciousness. No more could economic and political oppression proceed unfettered and unnoticed. Now people began to expect more. And world peace became even more elusive.
      So what kind of justice does God envision as He brings lasting peace to this earth? One thing He clearly demands is the end of oppression: political, economic, social, religious, military, and personal. That’s what a good share of the current world turmoil is about:  world systems in opposition to God  being shaken to pieces because they are not fit to enter the Kingdom of God on Earth.
      In Hebrews 12:25-29, the apostle Paul asks Christians to hear the heavenly voice proclaiming that once more God will shake the world, signifying the removal of those things [of man] that can be shaken, and the survival and growth of those things [of God] which cannot be shaken.
      So, let’s do as Paul advocates: “Let us have grace, by which we may serve God with reverence and godly fear.”
      Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1978, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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