God of Justice, Part 2
We’re glad you’re with us today. Pakinggan natin ang pagpapatuloy ng ating series na “God is a God of Justice.”
Kapag umiiral ang katarungan, natutuwa ang matuwid, ngunit nalulungkot ang masama at may likong pag-iisip.
Naalala mo ba ‘yung balita last year ng isang mayaman na SUV driver na nakabangga ng security guard sa Mandaluyong? Maraming netizens na nag-share ng news item na ito at marami din ang nagalit at humingi ng hustisya para doon sa guard na nasaktan. It is important for everyone — man or woman, rich or poor — to follow the laws of our land (unless these laws are unjust and conflict with the laws of God).
Another aspect of justice that we can read about in the Bible is in relation to the impartial punishment of evildoers. Siguro mas familiar tayo dito, kasi kapag may taong lumalabag sa batas, aware tayo na dapat siyang managot. Kapag may gumawa ng krimen o lumabag sa batas, they must be held to account and receive the proper punishment or penalty. Sabi sa Bible, “You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor” (Leviticus 19:15, ESV); also, “For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality” (Colossians 3:25, ESV).
This does not mean that we cannot or do not forgive those who commit crimes, lalo na kung nag-repent sila sa kanilang mga krimen. Ngunit may consequences ang kanilang masamang ginawa, at may nakatakdang parusa para sa kanila ayon sa batas ng Pilipinas. Dapat natin itong i-honor.
See you tomorrow for the last part ng ating series na “God is a God of Justice.”
Lord, I pray for the courts and judges of our land. May they practice your justice when meting out punishment. May they be fair, impartial, and righteous.
Check out the news today at pumili ng news item tungkol sa isang krimen na naganap. Basahin nang maigi ang detalye ng kaso, at mag-research ka tungkol dito kung may time. Pray for everyone involved: the victim/s, the perpetrator, law enforcement, the court, and the judge. Pray that God’s justice be done sa issue na ito.