Crying for Justice

by Glen H. Jones

Psalm 137: 8-9 states, "O daughter of Babylon, you devastated one, how blessed will be the one who repays you with the recompense with which you have repaid us. How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones against the rock." What is a New Testament believer to make of such a cruel thought? Does not Jesus say, "But I say to you love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you"? John Day examines such passages in both Old and New Testament that call for the wrath of God to rain down on the unrighteous and wicked. World terrorism and wholesale carnage prompts one to seriously look at a passage that reads, "…when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thess. 1: 7-8). The author believes that Christians who are undergoing severe persecution are to pray for their enemies and pray for deliverance. This deliverance of the severely persecuted can come from one of two directions-conversion of the persecutor or destruction of the persecutor. Ultimately, however, we recognize that our omniscient God controls the affairs of men and He will ultimately deal with evil ones. At times we find it difficult to understand how God can allow such injustice in the world. Through the ages saints of our Lord Jesus Christ have cried, "How long?" But His reply returns to us, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay," says the Lord.
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