Last Sunday we sang a relatively new song out of our “The Faith We Sing” songbooks, called “We Are Called”. It’s a very popular song in our churches these days, with a nice, sweet melody and words that are inoffensive to most. But when we got to the refrain, something struck me.
Here are the words to the refrain:
We are called to act with justice.
We are called to love tenderly.
We are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.
Yeah, those first words are a very common sentence in the mainline churches these days. We are always told we have to act with justice. The P&S folks just love the word justice. They see themselves as just, and those of us who aren’t of the same mind with them as “unjust”. You know, it’s just like in the political world. The liberals see themselves as superior to all of us conservatives out here.
We even have what they call “Peace with Justice” Sunday.
All they can think is that we don’t treat the poor and downtrodden with “justice”.
Do you suppose they have ever really thought about it? Of course not, because only they are caring and just. They could never be accused of being unjust. (sarcasm alert!)
What do you think? Would you rather be treated with justice, or would you rather be treated with mercy?
If God were to treat us with justice, as the Psalmist says, “No one could stand!”
No, we are called to treat people with mercy. Yes, there are times when justice must be done, and we are the vehicle by which it comes, but I don’t believe that our general calling from God is to act with justice. No, we are called by God to graciously treat everybody with mercy. Justice will only bring punishment to somebody. We, as followers of Christ, are to extend His mercy to all with whom we come in contact.