Let’s Talk History’s Greatest Injustice

Injustice is not an anomaly in our world. Every people group, at some time in its history, has unleashed the natural human inclination for self-righteousness and self-perpetuation. Without an overriding cross-cultural human standard for moral behavior, each culture necessarily creates its own, often to the detriment of others. In democratic societies, which favor diversity of values over a unity centered on a common ethical and moral standard, justice is “in the eye of the beholder” and, therefore, meaningless, thus making injustice ubiquitous. In totalitarian societies, monarchs and despots (the government) decide what is acceptable behavior for the masses; justice is, therefore, at the mercy of human power and arrogance, thus making injustice, once again, ubiquitous. It is, therefore, alarmingly obvious that human history is replete with many more examples of injustice than of justice. Every generation yearns for some person, some entity, or some innovative political or scientific solution that will reduce or hopefully remove societal misery and bring about justice for all. Sadly, without an agreed upon global ethical and moral standard, the search for justice is sadly unachievable; consequently, the globe is and will continually remain in perpetual conflict.

Since justice is not the norm, history is encumbered with human atrocity or injustice. From the Ancient Near East to the twenty-first century, examples of injustice are the hallmark of human history. Throughout history, the strong have rarely protected the weak; more often the strong take advantage of another society’s weakness to conquer it, disperse it, deport it or wipe it out. The insatiable thirst for power, land and riches is history’s benchmark for success and greatness—the very few subdue or decimate the many to create a personal legacy of glory. The lust for a legacy (the need to be remembered), that far too many leaders possess, too often comes with a great cost to others. Wars of aggression are certainly one of the most heinous examples of injustice that taint all of human history.

Another open and bloody wound, that spans all of human history, is the injustice of slavery, otherwise known as human trafficking. Every people group[i] has participated and profited in the enslavement of others and being enslaved itself. No group of people has a monopoly on slavery and all can claim victim status. As long as there is a division among people groups, i.e., tribalism, balkanization, racism (the creation of multiple races and the emphasis on diversity that ensues), there will remain the human tendency to accentuate differences in human appearance and ability, which encourages segregation and even the continuation of slavery. While there has been much success in abolishing slavery, it remains a human injustice to this very day, especially in the Islamic world and despotic nations in general.

Thirdly, and related to modern times is the deceptive notion that tolerance is the end-all of virtues. Society, to include the Church of Christ, has been utterly duped. Tolerance is defined as “a fair and permissive attitude toward those whose race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own; a fair and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one’s own.”[ii] Tolerance is in no way “fair;” however, it is thoroughly “permissive,” which is why tolerance is intolerable and a monstrous injustice. It is the term of the social justice, multicultural, progressive, diversity, and balkanization crowd, which is used to remove borders and eliminate any concept of absolute truth. Basically, tolerance permits/allows people to do whatever is “right in their own eyes,”[iii] which eliminates all shame, guilt, regret, and personal responsibility; morality becomes subjective. Tolerance creates the social elements for the perfect cultural storm that, if left unchallenged and undefeated, will lead to global catastrophe. In the end, tolerance is nothing more than a trigger for human conflict and the subjugation of the weak. In truth, tolerance is a greater injustice than war and slavery, for it is the cause of both. Turning a blind eye to truth and morality creates tyranny and justice for none.

While tolerance is a terrifying injustice, it is not the greatest injustice. Humanity is like the young teen that chooses to run away from home to ”free” itself from parental “restrictions.” What is reasonable and protective to the parents is obtrusive or meddlesome from the teen’s perspective. Without the protection of loving parents, the teen becomes entrapped in a perilous world of “taking or be taken,” use or be used, and lead or be led. He is lost in a struggle between an aspiration for freedom and the actuality of bondage, between the lust for power and the fear of poverty. Sadly, these are the realities in an unjust world, a world that fails to acknowledge its Parent, who is the source of knowledge, understanding and wisdom, i.e., truth, and who alone sets the moral standard through which health, prosperity[iv], patience, love, justice and righteousness become the norm rather than an insatiable yearning, as they have been throughout history. Nonetheless, generation after generation, throughout all of history, has diminished God through disobedience, failed to acknowledge God, or utterly rejected God in favor of human ingenuity, all of which results in a plethora of perversions (religions and philosophies that corrupted God’s revelation of Himself in nature and Scripture), progressivism, fascism, socialism, communism, diversity, multiculturalism, pluralism, balkanization, tribalism and their eventual ends: war, poverty and death, that is, injustices of every kind. Take time to read the following passage. The presence of God is the presence of justice; the absence of God is the absence of justice.

“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and He preserves the way of His godly ones. Then you will discern righteousness and justice and equity and every good course. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; Discretion will guard you, understanding will watch over you, to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things” (Proverbs 2:6-12).

The pinnacle of injustice is the “murder” of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, which evil intended and believed it to be the end of divine intervention on behalf of humankind, which would be eternally doomed without a living Messiah. Humanity killed innocence to cover up or run from its own shortcomings and arrogance. A just God, at this point in history had the authority and the power to unleash uncontrolled wrath upon his own creation; however, the murder of Christ was a permissible and loving prophetic act of God. Since humanity’s injustice was an offense to the sovereign creator, the solution had to appease God’s sense of justice. Therefore, He, in the person of His Son, became a man, who being innocent (without sin) would satisfy God’s requisite judgment (death for disobedience—salvation is not possible without the shedding of blood—Heb. 9:22) for the benefit of the guilty (sinful humanity). God triumphed over the pinnacle of human injustice (the crucifixion of His Son) with the pinnacle of divine justice (making Himself the object of capital punishment and bringing His Son back to life—the Resurrection—so that, once and for all, spiritual death could be overcome and physical death would lose its power). Over three days, from death to resurrection, God overcame humanity’s past, present and future injustice with two gracious enduring acts of divine justice so that human beings could escape, in this life and fully in the hereafter, the disastrous earthly and eternal consequences of failing to acknowledge God. The solution to injustice: to obtain or acquire God’s justice exacted against His Son on behalf of all, each person, for his part/role in human injustice, must, in faith, accept Christ’s death and resurrection as His own. This confession comes with the ever-present work of God through the Holy Spirit and leads to eternal salvation. Life in Christ provides a person with the knowledge to overcome evil with good, injustice with justice. There is no other alternative.

Most, if not all the Founders of the United States, understood that only a religiously and morally Judeo-Christian people are able to preserve the U.S. Constitution and the liberty it provides and protects. Historical revisionists and their students work to no good end trying to deny this fact and work to create their own “just and god-less utopias.” History is replete with many failed utopias; even the Church allows itself to be corrupted by cultural mores and denies the revelation God has left for its guidance and success, the consequence of which led to horrific injustices.

At present, the Democrat and Republican Parties are vying for the presidency of the United States. The former Party makes no qualms that it is a human-centered enterprise that has only a token acknowledgment of God at best, if at all. The Republican Party, on the other hand, has within its fold religious, many of whom are evangelical Christians, and non-religious people, many who embrace Judeo-Christian values. The leaders of both Parties are basically god-less or only give, at best, lip service to God. Churches across the nation are less faithful to divine revelation than they are to identifying with people, relating with the people, choosing to bring God down to the congregants’ level of understanding rather than fueling them to become lights in the darkness. The consequence is apparent and quite troubling—two social humanists are running on the Democrat side and one national populist who claims to be a Christian, but he has done nothing that requires divine forgiveness; one is a conservative evangelical Christian who is constantly berated by liberals, (expected) by once fair and balanced Fox News, and even by fellow believers in Christ; the third professes to support what the people desire, then, for personal gain, becomes a turncoat; the other two are not viable candidates, and therefore, lack any real influence on the nation.

Injustice is on the move in America like never before. From it Founding through the first Bush administration, wars were fought, internally and externally to halt injustice. From the Clinton administration through the Obama administration, our nation has wrongly involved itself in nation-building or spreading democracy, which is impossible (especially in the Islamic States), or engaging in wars that involve leadership changes, such as in Syria, Egypt and Libya. As a result, the leadership and moral authority of the United States is lost and the world is a much dangerous place, as is the United States itself. Basically, we have rejected the God of Scripture, which sadly means that America will see much more injustice in the years to come if the wrong person is elected. If you think that paying for contraceptives and abortions for others or having to bake wedding cakes for homosexual couples is an injustice, you have not seen anything yet. History is the graveyard of injustice. American has been its enemy; today injustice is becoming its destiny. Sure humanity has developed some cool technology, but injustice will stop its development and leave most people with fear, mistrust, anger and hatred. “What went wrong?” ask the people. If the people do not have a vision that depends upon Almighty God, they will certainly perish. For if people trust and boast in human accomplishments, developments, ingenuity and utopian dreams, that people will destroy itself. Believing that humankind has the innate ability to implement unconditional love, justice, and righteousness on the earth apart from God is a fool’s unreachable delusion. All things work together for good to those who are faithful to God in Christ. Choose this day whom you will serve, and vote wisely. As for me, I choose the Lord and will vote for the imperfect candidate who best reflects His wishes. For justice sake, do the right thing. Your life and the lives of those you love do depend on this vote.

[i] Note that the term “race” is replaced with the phrase “people group.” Dividing people into races is another human injustice; it accentuates differences, which lead to dehumanization and segregation. There is one race—the human race. Skin differences are nothing more than the effects of melanin on the body due to its proximity to the equator.

[ii] Random House Webster’s College Dictionary, Random House, New York, 1996, p. 1403.

[iii] This phrase was used to connect modern progressivism of the present with the ancient past. Throughout history, human sinfulness and self-centeredness ensures that, when it comes to self-destruction, there is “nothing new under the sun.” The instinctual nature of humanity is to seek its own demise.

[iv] I do not use prosperity in the socialistic sense in that socialism leaves all, but a chosen few, equality destitute. True prosperity benefits all, but it does not make everyone rich.

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I am a published author, co-author and editor of 13 books, written numerous articles, taught online at Liberty University and Grace College (Indiana), and appeared on numerous radio and TV programs. I am a theologian, bioethicist and retired veteran.

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