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The Murder of Justice
Thursday, 15 January 2015 12:24
The Murder of Justice
 
MUR'DER, n.
 
 1. The act of unlawfully killing a human being with premeditated malice, by a person of sound mind. To constitute murder in law, the person killing another must be of sound mind or in possession of his reason, and the act must be done with malice prepense, aforethought or premeditated; but malice may be implied, as well as express.  [Webster’s Dict. 1828]
 
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1. The virtue which consists in giving to every one what is his due; practical conformity to the laws and to principles of rectitude in the dealings of men with each other; honesty; integrity in commerce or mutual intercourse. Justice is distributive or commutative. Distributive justice belongs to magistrates or rulers, and consists in distributing to every man that right or equity which the laws and the principles of equity require; or in deciding controversies according to the laws and to principles of equity. Commutative justice consists in fair dealing in trade and mutual intercourse between man and man. [Webster’s Dict. 1828]
 
 
The Reality of Oppression
 
The Christian church in America supported the revolt against the British in the Revolutionary War. The church provided justification to believers for killing the British to gain freedom from what was called tyranny. The church did this while also justifying the maintenance of black slaves under a system of tyranny ten times worse than anything the British had perpetrated against the American colonists. This episode illustrates the long history of a double standard between the rights of whites and the rights of blacks. The law and the bible itself were and still are interpreted differently depending upon the race of the one being addressed.
 
After slavery, additions were made to the Constitution to protect the rights of black people, in acknowledgement  of the fact that the document did not consider the rights of black people as originally constituted. Because these new laws were also disregarded by both the federal government as well as the states, still more laws were added nearly one hundred years later, the very Civil Rights legislation which is being weakened and countermanded at this very moment in the federal government and in statehouses across the nation.
 
The conclusion is the same, black rights are not the same as white rights, the law for blacks is not the same as the law for whites and consequently black life and property is not of the same value as white life and property. It is in this context that we must consider the state sanctioned murders of unarmed blacks by the police, a practice which was condemned by blacks in the 1950’s and 1960’s during the civil rights movement, during the 1920’s and 1930’s by persons such as WEB DuBois and in the latter half of the 1800’s by persons such as Fredrick Douglass.
 
This is not the only context in which we must view these murders. Many white Christian pastors and theologians justified slavery, the slave trade and the unequal status of blacks after slavery. Before there were academic departments of Egyptology and Cultural Anthropology to provide learned justifications for racism and prejudice, pastors and seminary professors provided these justifications through faulty interpretations of the scriptures.
 
Even today, bible-believing white pastors see abortion and cry “murder”, they see homosexuality and cry “abomination” and they see the shooting and beating deaths of unarmed black men, women and children and cry “get over it” and “stop protesting” to black people. The continuation of the double standard of justice over the course of American history is in large part due to these pastors who saw sin and failed to call it sin, but made men feel justified in their sinful acts and attitudes.
 
Books have been written that would fill many libraries concerning the reality of the systematic oppression  of black people in American life. Many volumes of newspaper articles and reels of video film have been devoted to the documentation of how that system of oppression operates today in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. However, we are still expected by many to believe that these facts are not true, despite what the testimonies of honest men and the personal experience of generations continue to affirm.  Dear black reader, systematic oppression in the form of the unequal application of the law is not your imagination, and you are not crazy or blind or carnal to say so.
 
 
 
The Reversal of Oppression
 
The Power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
 
Only the gospel is designed to deal with the root of oppression, which is sin. The blood of Christ is the only final solution to sin [1Cor 6.9-11]. In salvation the human heart is made available to the Spirit of God and to the sanctifying effects of the Word of God. This process primarily depends upon God, but He has ordained pastors and teachers to be faithful stewards of the Word of God. It is in this stewardship that many pastors and teachers have failed and will give an account [Jer 2.7-8; 1Cor 3.10-17; Jas 3.1]. Nonetheless, the most powerful weapon against oppression was and is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Oppressors may attend church, but they need to be confronted with the gospel [1Jn 3.15].
 
The Power of Political Responsibility
 
If the gospel is the solution to the problem of sin, God has ordained the state for the purpose of the restraint of evil in the world [Rom 13.1-4]. Just as we are to submit to those legal powers, we are authorized to also exercise our rights within the legal system of our country. When the colonial American believers killed the British they violated this principle. God does not authorize violence against the government by believers [Rom 13.1-2]. Nonetheless, there are many legal avenues open to believers to impact government.
 
When the government refuses to prosecute officials who violate the law of the land, irresponsible authorities can be replaced by the vote. Mayors, city councils, sheriffs, judges and in some areas district attorneys can be voted out of office in protest of failure to enforce the law. Anger may last for a moment, but a good memory at election time is an effective legal means of expressing discontent. The roots of injustice in our society run too deep to be eliminated through elections alone, but you will send the message that when the government fails to obey the law, a new set of representatives will be voted in.
 
The Power of the Family
 
Values are passed from one generation to the next via the family. When these values are not passed down, each generation must  start at zero against the overwhelming power of intergenerational racism and oppression. Although racial profiling places all blacks in danger of illegal police violence, the fact that many of our children have not been properly raised in two-parent homes increases the likelihood that  a confrontation with the police will lead to their death or injury. You need to raise your kids: this is not the responsibility of the church or of the state, it is your responsibility [1Tim 5.8]. Stop using divorce as an excuse to neglect the development of your children. You cannot divorce your children.
 
The Power of False Religion
 
Although injustice and oppression are always present in the world, it is not necessary that black people be the constant victims of it. If the only true and lasting solution to oppression is the Word of God, then false biblical teaching is the antidote to freedom. Have you ever wondered why the black community is glutted with false bible teachers? Their presence is as much a factor in racial oppression as anyone else involved [Eze 22.25-28; 1Tim 4.1-2; 1Jn 4.1]. When we embrace false bible teachers and false bible teaching, proper spiritual discipleship cannot occur[2Pet 2.1-2]. In fact, intergenerational commitment to false teachers results in judgment from God [Isa 3:12; 9.14-16; Jer 5.31;Hos 4.1-9]. Often that judgment takes the form of increased vulnerability to the very categories of oppression being discussed [2Ch 15.1-7; Neh 1.3]. God is able to deliver from oppression by many means. However our commitment to false bible teachers and false religion delays our deliverance.
 
Biblical Israel of the Old Testament era prospered at the same time that they were surrounded by enemies. God is able to “prepare a table before” us in the midst of oppression and injustice. Even if the nation of blacks will not repent of false religion, God is able to rescue you and your family, just as He rescued Lot and his family from Sodom.
 
Conclusion
 
You cannot eliminate oppression and injustice, nor can you change the attitudes of the police and the governmental organizations that empowers and then excuses them for unlawful violence against blacks. However you can pray, you can evangelize, you can vote, you can raise your kids properly and you can separate yourself from false teaching , relying upon a faithful God who delivers the obedient from oppression [Ps 10.18; 23.5; 103.6].
 
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