Pastoral Ponderings: Challenge injustice

The Rev. George R. Ames Jr.

Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative Founder and Executive Director, “I am persuaded that if we commit to challenging racial injustice, poverty and abuse of power, we can achieve a more just society.”

Racial pertains to race. Race is a family, tribe, people, or nation of the same stock; a group of individuals within a biological species able to breed together. Species are a taxonomic group comprising closely related organisms potentially able to breed with one another. Organism is a living person, animal, or plant.

Prejudice is detriment to one’s rights or claims; an opinion for or against something without adequate basis. Injustice is a violation of a person’s rights; an unjust act or deed. Poverty is lack of money or material possessions.

Abuse is a corrupt practice; to put to a wrong use. Power is a position of ascendancy over others; one that has control or authority. Just is having a basis in or conforming to fact or reason; morally or legally right. Society is a part of a community bound together by common interests and standards; a voluntary association of persons for common ends.

We must have the courage to stand against wrongness. Deuteronomy 31:6 (KingJames Version), “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them; for the Lord thy God, He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

God will strengthen us. Psalms 27:14 (King James Version), “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalms 40:1 (KingJames Version), “I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined unto me, and heard my cry.” Psalms 130:5 (King James Version), “I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in His word do I hope.” Proverbs 20:22 (King James Version), “Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and He shall save thee.”

There are times that one must challenge injustices, abuses of power and those powers that will not listen, in order to achieve a more just society. God Bless.

Editor’s note: The Rev. George R. Ames Jr. is pastor of the Wesley Chapel Church on the corner of Andrews and Wesley Church Road. He may be reached at home at 410-221-1880; 410-330-0986.

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