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Psalm 96 speaks of the call to worship God, who is the righteous judge,

  • “Say among the nations, ‘The LORD reigns; indeed the world is firmly established, it will not be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity . . . Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice . . . before the LORD, for He is coming; For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in His faithfulness.” (Psalm 96: 10-11, 13 – NASB)

You ever watch the TV program, Law & Order? I watch the reruns quite often. I find a great deal of interest in learning from these programs how the justice system works. As one takes in the various workings of those who make up the prosecution and the defense, and their dealings with the judges at the lower court level and also with those of the higher courts, you cannot help but  find yourself, on an all too frequent basis, extremely frustrated. The justice system in our country has become, and is becoming, more and more corrupt. All to often laws are being instituted that work in the favor of the criminal, in the favor of the perpetrator of the crime rather than in bringing justice for those who are the victims of crime. If you watch the show you’ll see what I mean, and I can almost assure you, you’ll find yourself thinking that things are heavily slanted in favor of the wrong rather than the right. 
Last night, as I watched an episode, the prosecuting attorney argued his case before the state supreme court. He lost his bid for what was the correct ruling the court should have made, for they ended up ruling in what was termed, “a political framework.” In other words, they voted not in terms of the law but according to their particular political affiliation. And this corrupted the right working of the law . . . justice was not served. The prosecutor noted that he never thought he’d see the day when judges would rule in this manner in a case that had to do with the murder of an individual. 
The point is that this TV program reveals, to even the most casual viewer, the downgrading of our justice system. And that should be no surprise to us. For the more that sinful man makes laws the more and more they will corrupt them! True justice becomes a fleeting thing, and it is a most sobering matter to anyone who desires justice for the victims of crime.
Anger is a natural reaction . . . I shake my head in frustration as I witness a system that is burdened down with “red tape,” with contradictions, with laws and law books and lawmakers that are subject to the notions of men. And I am very aware that as men continue to make the law it will only become worse. 
So where is the hope that justice will prevail? Brethren, for the Christian it is in knowing that “The LORD reigns,” that He will one day “judge the peoples with equity (or, “uprightness”).” He is the Righteous Judge, and “He is coming to judge the earth” and “He will judge the world in righteousness.” 
The more I witness the corruption of our governments and our legal systems the more I long for His coming! For then things will be set right! You can bank on it . . . law and order will exist and true justice will be served! 
Aren’t you encouraged that the Word tells us this? For you know  . . . . it will come to pass!
Have a good day brethren . . . and as you walk do so as one who knows that the Lord is coming and He is bringing righteous judgment with Him.

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