In His Name All Oppression Shall Cease: Dealing with Injustice
By Hope Zane
Day 1 of 3
It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’”
Romans 14:11 (NIV)
This verse is tricky. It’s often used as a bludgeon, as a way to ‘gotcha’ non-Christians. If you need proof that this is so, imagine it said in a snide tone of voice, like a cartoon villain would: “Well you’ll all bow one day.”
But especially in these days—when the news is so full of horror and injustice is knocking at the door—I take so much comfort in this Scripture. When you read of these knees and tongues that must one day bow, I invite you to imagine the spirit of oppression, the spirit of injustice. I invite you to imagine the spirit of poverty and hatred, of homophobia and misogyny and transphobia.
Now imagine them crumbling beneath the glory and might of God.
There is no evil that can stand before the Lord. These things may win the day, but God is ultimately in control, so they will never win the war.
If you remember one thing today, remember that the Lord is triumphant. He has conquered the grave, and one day, all these things will bow to Him too. There is no wrong too big for God to right. Every knee will bow.
I know it’s hard, but be patient through the pain.
Christus Victor. God is victorious.
Call to action: Think of an injustice that troubles you and remember that God will triumph over it. What is one way you can stand against injustice today?