Why is there so much suffering 2000 plus years after Jesus rose from the dead? Why is there more slavery today than there has ever been? Why is there so much social injustice throughout the globe? Why do good people still suffer from cancer or other life altering diseases? Why is the abundant life of God not being experienced by more people? If, like me you wonder about these things, the scripture has an insightful answer. The scriptures point to the devil as the problem lurking behind all of earth's sufferings.
Jesus gave the answers to these questions. Jesus said in John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." 1 John 3:8 gives further illumination on this topic. "The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work."
It breaks my heart and soul to think that a young woman, someone's daughter has been deceived and trapped into sexual slavery. How can this be? "the one who does what is sinful is of the devil!"
It is so discouraging to have yet another politician who fails in their moral choices. How can this be? "the one who does what is sinful is of the devil!"
Last night I attempted to watch the local and national news, but the news was inundated with carefully planned and synchronized advertisements so when you switch channels, you only get other commercials. How can journalism sell out their souls and broadcast only carefully selected items that further their agendas that are in collusion with others. "the one who does what is sinful is of the devil!"
The list of injustices by the powerful are endless, and Jesus came to destroy the devils agenda of injustice. The community of God's people has job security. Until the final culmination of all things, and the complete total rule and reign of Jesus arrives at his Second Coming, there will be powerful people doing what is sinful. The answer now as it has always been is fellowship with God. Only in fellowship with God, does anyone have the power and grace to overcome the tendency to do what is sinful. This is the main reason Vienna Assembly of God's three fold mission is to Love God, others and life. It is only when a person loves God, others and life that the abundant life of God is experienced.
What can a person do to overcome all the social injustices? Love God, Love others and love the life God has given to you enough to make the right choices that are not sinful, but righteous. Let us address the root cause of social injustice by inviting the most sinful among us into a relationship with God, through Christ Jesus. It is the powerful that are more likely to commit these sins of injustice, so someone needs to be called to the kings of this world and bring them into a relationship with God. Will we answer the call to overcome the strongholds of the devil by inviting others into a loving relationship with God? It is only in a relationship with God through Christ Jesus does anyone have a chance at stopping doing "what is sinful".
Let us say yes to a relationship with God, through Christ Jesus and then go invite others into fellowship with God. Confess publically and privately the Lordship of Jesus Christ over all the injustices of this world. One day, at the Day of the Lord, social injustice will end. "Come quickly, Lord Jesus".