Injustice Proves We Need Grace (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 250)
Ecclesiastes 3:18 (NLT)
I also thought about the human condition—how God proves to people that they are like animals.
If you were to ask most people in the world whether or not they believe people are generally good, 9 out 10 would speak in the affirmative. They would say it is the environment that causes people to do evil. But people in and of themselves have basically good hearts and good intentions.
This idea does not sit very well in human nature. If we look all around us, we will see that much of the world is self-centered, corrupt, and generally more evil than we think. Walk into any kindergarten class and you will see that children want to be the center of attention. Self-focus is more of the rule than the exception.
Injustice comes in all forms and it exists throughout every country of the world. It shatters any illusion that humans are generally good. Left to our own free wills, we hate others, oppress others, kill others, gossip about others, lie to and on others, steal from others, all in favor of thinking only of ourselves. The results of a world without God is proven in every daily newspaper.
The Bible says that God proves to us that we are no better than animals because of our propensity to treat other people unfairly. He uses our attitude and our behavior to show us how much we need grace. Our own injustice to fellow mankind shows us that if left to ourselves we are worse off than we care to be.
Without God in our lives, without God in our world, we are like bread without yeast. We fall flat on our face without any way to fix ourselves. The core of every act of injustice and unfairness lies in the fact that we are generally evil and hateful towards other people. God has to judge such behavior because he is fair. And that’s why we all need grace.
We aren’t just victims of unfair treatment or mean words. We perpetrate these same actions on other people. The bad way we treat people and think about people proves to us that we desperately need God in our lives. If we all were generally good, the cross would not be necessary. But God saw the depravity of humankind and decided we couldn’t fix this on our own. We all need grace. God gives it freely. All we need to do is accept it.
“By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.”
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer