Justice and Mercy in times of Crisis

I want to thank Dr. Jamie Aten and Kent Annan of Wheaton’s Humanitarian and Disaster Institute (https://www.wheaton.edu/academics/academic-centers/humanitarian-disaster-institute/) for encouraging me to continue writing. I have been neglecting this and feel released by their encouragement.

The goal of JustKindHumility.org is to connect each of us to ways in which we can live as God requires. JustKindHumility looks to Holy Scripture for direction on how to do this. In the ancient Scripture of the prophets, we find God telling his people, in no uncertain terms, that we are to live justly, to have mercy and to practice lovingkindness (Micah 6:8). In Matthew 25, Jesus reaffirms this as he warns his disciples of the final days. Here Jesus clearly explains that we will be judged on how we have treated the least among us (Matthew 25:31-46).

So, in a time of world crisis such as Coronavirus pandemic, how do we live as God requires? What does justice and mercy look like in a world entering a time of challenge and uncertainty?

Only God administers perfect justice. As humans, our justice is always broken. Yet, as Christians, we believe we have been given direction through His Word, power and authority through His Spirit and a perfect example through Christ on how to do this. Justice involves sacrifice. True godly justice sees the broken, the downtrodden, the vulnerable and makes sacrifices. What sacrifices can you make during our world’s coronavirus pandemic? Will you sacrifice social gathering or eating out? Will your business reduce hours or stagger shifts? Pray for God to give you wisdom as you make these decisions.

Is it possible to have too much mercy during a world pandemic? Don’t we need to preserve, store up, fend off, isolate? Our instincts tell us to protect our family, stay home, worry and fret. Once again, in Scripture, Jesus clearly