"What is the Christian's appropriate response to injustice? Is it wrong to be angry? And how do you move past that point when the injustice keeps happening?" (June 1, 2020)
What a big question! There are several avenues that can be addressed here. I want to address what I think is fundamental for the Christian and it’s a view of God in the topic of justice. I get the most help from Romans 12:19, “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
Avenging takes place when injustice happens and you want to make it right and just. Paul commands the believer to leave it to God. Literally he writes, “give place” to the wrath of God, meaning this is God’s place to render ultimate justice, and He will. The struggle for the believer is, “Do I believe this?” Do I believe that God will render ultimate justice and is this enough for me? Will injustice reign forever or will God make it right in the end?
I say this is a matter of faith because he bases the command on a promise from Scripture (Deuteronomy 32:35) when Paul writes, “for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Say it another way, God promises to repay and take vengeance, therefore, you must give place to God’s wrath and not take justice into your own hands. Believe God’s promise of vengeance and let your faith turn to action in not avenging yourself. Rather, give it to God, place it in His hands in prayer, entrust it to Him and believe what He says.
And the two places God will render ultimate vengeance is either Hell or the Cross. We all deserve Hell and God’s wrath is due to every person in eternal conscious punishment (Romans 1:18; 3:23). Justice will be done for every sin. This is what God says, “I will repay.” Our only hope is the Cross of Jesus where the Word tells us Jesus became a sacrifice for our sins and bore the wrath of God in our place (Isaiah 53; Romans 3:24–25). God accomplished justice in dealing with our sin in punishing His own righteous Son.
So I ask myself, do I believe that God will make it right in the end? Is the Cross and Hell perfect justice? Can I trust God with this injustice? I think there is a place for anger, but we don’t let the sun go down on it because we entrust the ultimate vengeance to God (Ephesians 4:26). Our response is tainted by faith in a big God who will make all things right in the end.