The Bulletin
of the
Church of Christ at New Georgia

Tim Johnson, editor

February 23, 2014

 
In This Issue:
Justice Does Not Always Prevail
by Jerry Curry

Keep Your Job
by Steve Klein

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Justice Does Not Always Prevail

There is within most an innate desire to observe justice, and we are often appalled and dismayed when justice is not served. News from a small town near Seattle of two doctors who literally got away with murder testifies of the injustices often experienced in our society. A pediatrician treating an infant finally suffocated the three-day old baby (witnessed by a nurse) who had been resuscitated several times because he was certain that the baby had suffered brain damage. He was brought to trial and found innocent. The ER doctor who had admitted the infant subsequently murdered his wife and pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity due to the stress caused by the death of the infant(by the way, he had taken out a $500,000 life insurance policy on his wife the day that she was murdered). He was likewise brought to trial and found not guilty. This little town raised $40,000 for the defense of the doctor who suffocated the infant and also fired the local prosecutor for even bringing him to trial. Unfortunately, these incidences are probably not as isolated as one would like to believe.

This news would be no surprise to Solomon who spoke of the injustices often suffered at the hands of their fellow-man. “Then I returned and saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and, behold, the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.” (Ecclesiastes 4:1)

The prophet Amos testifies of the injustices that were prevalent among God’s people in Israel. “Thus saith Jehovah: For three transgressions of Israel, yea, for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have sold the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes, and pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek: and a man and his father go unto the same maiden, to profane my holy name.” (Amos 4:6-7)

We are reminded of injustices observed by Asaph that almost caused him to lose his faith in God. “Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.  But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well-nigh slipped.  For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.  For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.  They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.  Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.  Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.  They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.  Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them. And they say, how doth God know? And is there knowledge in the most High?

Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.” (Psalms 73:1-12)

Although it is difficult to witness the injustices around us, may we be reminded that the judgment of God is coming when all injustices of man will be made right before a righteous and perfect judge.

- Jerry Curry


 

Keep Your Job

 

The following ad appeared in the HELP WANTED section of a newspaper. “TIRED OF WORKING FOR ONLY $9.75 PER HOUR? WE OFFER PROFIT SHARING AND FLEXIBLE HOURS. STARTING PAY:   $7 — $9 PER HOUR.”  Now, maybe I’m missing something, but it seems to me that $9.75 is a little more than $9, and a good bit more than $7.  I wonder how many people responded to this ad.  If folks evaluated this opportunity the way many evaluate things in the spiritual realm, there may have been quite a few! 

Satan offers work that is easy, convenient and pleasurable, at least initially.  He tries to make it sound as if the rewards of working for him are greater than those to be received from serving the Lord.  Of course, the truth is that they are not – in fact there is no comparison.  In the end you’re a slave working for nothing at all, and the retirement vacation he advertised as warm and balmy turns out to be an eternal sweat shop in which you get “no rest, day or night.”

Moses was able to see through all that.  “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward (Hebrews 11:24-26).

Today Satan places the modern treasures of Egypt before us every day.  He would like us to think that the glittering pleasures of sin are worth pursuing, and that a life of simple faith and service has nothing to offer.  Friends, read carefully between the lines of his HELP WANTED advertisement.  If you are serving the Master, keep your job!  Look to the reward!

-Steve Klein