Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote “Without justice there can be no peace. He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it.” These are very wise and wonderfully challenging words that should call us all to action. Sir Edmund Burke is cited as saying, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” History should not be written out of silence. It is blasphemous to look back at history and see times when what is recorded is the result of good people doing nothing; a people passively accepting evil. Now cannot be one of those times.
But I think about myself and justice. I look back thinking I never want justice. First as a child I didn’t want justice, I wanted mercy. As I grew, as a teenager, I didn’t want justice I wanted mercy. As a husband, then father, now grandfather I don’t want justice I want mercy. As a brother, neighbor, friend, co-worker, even as a stranger I don’t want justice I want mercy. I not only want mercy, but from the depths my heart I need mercy.
God by his nature demands justice. I beg for mercy. It is a terrifying situation… until one stands in front of me, to protect me, and says he’ll take the justice I deserve so that I can receive mercy.
So I come to the foot of the cross and lay down my own little sign, “Know Mercy, Know Peace.”
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