Reading: Psalm 99: 1-4
Psalm 99 begins by speaking of God’s love of justice and the nation’s response. They tremble. God’s justice is universal – it applies to all people. God’s justice removes power dynamics and the desire to elevate oneself over others and replaced them with equity. When do much of our world is driven by power, position, and authority, justice stands counter to these forces, instead saying things like ‘the last shall be first’. Of course the nations tremble.
The call of Christ leads us to stand alongside God and to champion His love for justice and equality. Through the ages, great men of faith have gone just this, no matter the cost to themselves. Martin Luther stood against the abuses of the church, preaching that faith alone saves. All people can tap into faith, meaning all are loved by God, meaning all can be saved without price. John Wesley stood for equality, believing that all people should have access to the Word of God. He preached salvation in the fields, streets, and mines, welcoming all people, not just those who met certain qualifications. Both of these men, and many others too, led to opening the church doors a little wider and expanding the circle of God’s love.
You and I may not be people of Luther’s or Wesley’s fame, but we too are people who are called to stand for justice and equality, to make a positive difference in our world. We too are called to be people who say ‘no’ to injustice and inequality. We too can each work to open the doors of our churches a little wider, to welcome all into our communities of faith, and to draw the circle of God’s love even wider. One sheep that was lost and is now safely in the fold matters. One son that was wayward and returns home matters. One widow who finally receives justice matters. Who will you matter to today?