Due to our experiences of injustice, our own flesh and blood cries out for a resolve. We need justice! “And the Lord said, ‘What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground,” Genesis 4:10. The image of God had been cut and discarded. Abel’s God-given life was actively crying for justice in its breathless state.
Again, I will say, that injustice has happened to us all. We have all been assaulted by words and actions done against us. From the womb we have been aroused by the cries of injustice that inhabited our parents and the generations before. In a fallen world, we are encouraged by our Adversary to indulge our need for justice. We are incited to take back the rights we deserve… .or perhaps what we think we deserve.
Instead of seeking to do justice, we commit our time and energies to getting justice and we become demanding. A world at war is a world full of demanding hearts. “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel,” James 4:2. All want what they feel they deserve. Yet, as individuals, we are not authorized to decide what “we deserve”; what is within our rights to justly take. Truly, who can measure or decide that? Who really knows what Life deserves but God Himself? And who, other than He, is to decide when and how we should obtain it?
We have no right to demand our own rights since all are also guilty of straying past the boundaries of others and taking what is rightfully their own. Yet, under our independent governments, we make choices about how we will get what we feel we deserve. And those choices will be costly.