The Final Verdict
Bible Excerpt from Revelation 19:1-2
After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power to our God, for his judgments are true and just.
Reflection by Kenneth L. Samuel
In the world today, there are so many issues of truth and justice that are yet to be resolved. The blood of martyrs and freedom fighters cries out from the ground while malicious violence advances without much reprisal. Roosevelt’s “New Deal,” Johnson’s “Great Society” and King’s “Beloved Community” have all been abandoned by the dominant culture in the pursuit of rampant greed and obsessive materialism. Poverty, hunger and disease envelop the globe while the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Racism refuses to die; militarism surpasses diplomacy; sexism and hetero-sexism continue to divide us; the environment is imperiled–all of these issues of truth and justice hang in the balance.
But the great hope of the Christian faith is that these issues will not forever be denied or unresolved. God will rectify every wrong, adjudicate every controversy, and establish a reign of love, peace and justice for all. Hallelujah!
Lord God, we thank you for the revelation of a better world–a world in which everyone is loved, valued and cared for as an expression of your majesty. Inspire us now to begin to bring that world into being by our commitment to truth and justice. Amen.
About the AuthorKenneth L. Samuel is Pastor of Victory for the World Church, United Church of Christ, Stone Mountain, Georgia, and the author of Solomon’s Success: Four Essential Keys to Leadership.
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