Genesis 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man
shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
Psalm 101:8 Morning by morning will I put to death all the sinners in the land, so that all evil-doers may be cut off from Jerusalem.
The path connecting Tiphareth and Geburah is represented by the Justice Tarot card. The man sits on a throne with a balance in one hand and a sword in the other; he is ready to judge fairly and execute judgment if necessary. Like the High Priestess Tarot card, the man on the Justice Card sits between two pillars with a veil between them.
The veil marks the entrance to the Holiest of Holies, which we can interpret as the entrance into Heaven. The High Priestess Card portrays the Bride, the Church, and the Secret Temple (the one that is not built with human hands). The Justice Card represents someone given authority to weigh the facts and either permit access to the Holiest of Holies or to dispense justice. The man can easily be associated with Jesus; since the path connects Christ’s sacrifice at Tiphareth and the judgment He will bring in Geburah. By examining this path, we can learn of God’s justice, and the need for mankind to establish justice on earth in and effort to restrain evil.
Romans 13:3-4 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Exodus 23:21-22 Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.
Psalm 89:14-16 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance. In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.
Proverbs 21:2-3 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts. To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
The notion that God is all-loving and all-forgiving is not a Biblical concept. God is a god of justice, “For true and righteous are His judgments (Revelations 19:2).” He is full of mercy, yet in no way will He acquit the wicked. God knows people’s hearts (Luke 16:15), and He will judge each of them according to their deeds. There is a line between forgiveness and justice, and discernment between these concepts is something every Christian should strive for.
Jesus did not come to erase God’s law, nor did He come to correct any mistakes in God’s previous revelations to man. Jesus came to clarify man’s misinterpretations or inappropriate applications of the scriptures. If there seems to be an inconsistency or contradiction in the Bible, it is more than likely that we are simply not seeing the big picture or grasping the entire concept. God is a god of justice, He holds the wicked accountable for their deeds, and some of the teachings in the Old Testament may seem harsh to people when first reading them. While on earth, Jesus attempted to clarify God’s teachings, which people were applying incorrectly or missing the main points thereof.
Luke 11:42 “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.”
Matthew 23:23, 26 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone…Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.”
The Pharisees were obeying many of the teachings in the Old Testament, but they were ignoring the weightier matters of the scripture such as justice and mercy. They were following the Torah as a set of rules, but the hearts of the people were evil (Ecclesiastes 5:1). Jesus clarified the teachings of the Old Testament with a focus on the internal feelings and desires of the people. He wanted people to, “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind (Matthew 22:37)”, and to follow Him out of a pure heart; instead of living wicked and sinful lives, yet making the required sin offerings obligatory by the law.
The addition of the New Testament of the Bible seems to have divided Judeo-Christian philosophies into two extremes. There are the Old Testament teachings that speak of judgment, justice, wars, and punishment, and then there are the New Testament teachings, which speak of love, faith, mercy, and forgiveness. It almost seems as if the god of the Old Testament is a different god than the god of the New Testament, but He isn’t. Jesus taught the people to be more concerned about their actions/desires and to have compassion and empathy for their fellow human beings, but He was not preaching a different god – He was clarifying the application of God’s teachings.
The god of the Old Testament is the same god as the god of the New Testament. There isn’t some old god of harsh punishment, and then some new god of love and mercy. They are simply different aspects of the same god. If you truly want to know and understand God, you must view and understand Him as both a god of justice and a god of mercy. One of the teachings of Jesus that is often misunderstood by Christians is the concept of loving your enemies.
Matthew 5:38-39, 5:43-44 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ “But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also… "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you”
Romans 12:19-21 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Proverbs 24:17-20 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him, And He turn away His wrath from him. Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the wicked; For There will be no prospect for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out.
Christ’s teaching regarding ‘love your enemies’ is a difficult one to understand; especially, if you are basing your entire interpretation of the teaching solely on the verses found in Matthew 5:43-44. The Bible does not contradict itself; to understand an apparent contradiction to other verses, you simply need to compare the teaching to other related verses in the Bible in order to gain a better understanding of the broader concept.
During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus was correcting people who were taking Old Testament precepts out of context (such as ‘an eye for an eye’) and applying them inappropriately to other matters in their lives. When Christ said to ‘love your enemies’ He was not teaching a universal principle to be applied in every situation, just as ‘but I tell you not to resist an evil person’ is not a universal Christian principle, but was a limited teaching regarding civil lawsuits – otherwise it would negate the teaching, ‘do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.’
As we will cover in this section, the Bible clearly teaches that there is such a thing as a justifiable or righteous hate. When Jesus said to ‘love your enemies’ He was not erasing previous teachings regarding hate, but He was clarifying how to ‘treat’ others. The teaching was that Christians are not to seek their own revenge. Vengeance belongs to God alone. Loving your enemies and doing good to them was an act of faith on the part of the Christian; by doing so, the Christian was placing his/her faith in God (that God is a god of justice) and trusting that God will hold the evildoer accountable at the appropriate time.
Showing an act of love towards the enemy was a way of ensuring they will have coals of fire heaped on their heads. This was not a new concept; Proverbs 24:17-20 teaches the same principle. Jesus was not creating a new concept for the New Testament, but was clarifying a principle that existed in the Old Testament that was not being applied correctly. The Old Testament and the New Testament assist us in understanding God better; they are not describing two completely different gods, but they help us better understand different characteristics of the same god. God is a god of justice and mercy, of punishment and forgiveness, and of love and of hate.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 8:12-15 "I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice.”
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, and the fear of the Lord is to hate evil. Hating evil is not something a Christian should be afraid of, nor should a Christian feel guilty about it. A normal person should be repulsed by evil. As we will cover in this section, hating evil is clearly taught in the Old Testament and is reaffirmed throughout the New Testament.
The concepts that a Christian needs to understand is discernment and balance. The New Testament contains many verses teaching us to love our neighbors and brethren, but it also teaches us to hate evil. As Christians we are not supposed to walk around full of hate and anger, but at the same time we are not to reject common sense or the concepts of justice and judgment in an effort to walk around trying to love people whose actions clearly warrant a sense of revulsion, disgust, or hatred. We are to seek wisdom and discretion, so that we can accurately balance the concepts of hating evil, loving good, and establishing justice.
Amos 5:14-15 Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; So the Lord God of host will be with you, as you have spoken. Hate evil, love good, and establish justice in the gate.
Psalm 37:27-28 Depart from evil, and do good; And dwell forevermore. For the Lord loves justice, and does not forsake His saints; they are preserved forever, but the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.
Romans 12:9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
The principles of hating evil, loving good, and establishing justice are found in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. If a Christian truly wishes to be conformed to the image of God (Romans 8:29), then he/she should seek to accurately handle these teachings (2 Timothy 2:15).
Psalm 11:5 The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, and the one who loves violence His soul hates.
Psalm 97:10 You who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.
Revelations 2:2 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars”
If you love the Lord (or fear/respect/honor Him) then you should hate evil. By doing so, we meld the characteristics of God with our own. God tests the righteous and the wicked. While we live on earth, we are given a choice between good and evil and life and death (Deuteronomy 30:15) – it is up to us to make the correct decisions.
The choice between good and evil is a basic test that we may face many times in our lifetimes. When we are confronted by evil, God observes how we respond to it, and how we treat our fellow man. God judges everyone according to their deeds, and He is aware of our individual works and labors. As Christians we are to use our judgment and discernment appropriately; we should seek a balance in our feelings of love, hate, and the need to establish justice, and we are to identify and not bear/tolerate evil.
Revelations 2:6 “But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.”
Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.”
Matthew10:34-38 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ “He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.”
John 12:25 “He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”
Jesus included a righteous aspect of hate within His teachings. When speaking to one of the churches in the Book of Revelations, Christ commended the church on their hate, and confirmed that He too hated the deeds of the Nicolaitans. Jesus also taught the need for His would-be followers to hate their previous sinful lifestyles as a prerequisite for being one of His disciples.
Christ was not teaching people to hate their family members without cause, but was stressing the need to hate the person’s previous sinful lifestyle; and not to forsake the path of salvation over feelings of love for earthly family members (Micah 7:6-7). Everyone works out their own salvations and will be judged according to their own deeds; if avoiding unrighteous family members is necessary for a person’s salvation, then that is a sacrifice they might be required to make. It is better to enter the kingdom with one eye than it is to have both eyes and be cast into hell (Matthew 5:29).
Like some of Christ’s other teachings, the teaching to hate father and mother, wife and child, and brother and sister was limited to the singular concept of a person truly hating his/her life of sin, and recognizing the need to make a change. Christ’s teachings cause conflict, adversity, and arguments within households, and Christ warned his would–be followers not to give up their salvations because of the love they feel for family members who might disagree with them. Elsewhere, the Bible instructs husbands to love their wives (Ephesians 5:25), and Jesus stated that He came so that not only will Christians have life, but also that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10). They are also promised that all things will work together for their good, as long as they follow God’s commandments (Romans 8:28).
Psalm 26:5 I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked.
Psalm 31:6 I hate those who regard vain idols, but I trust in the LORD.
Psalm 101:3-4 I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me. A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness.
Psalm 119:101 I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Your word. I have not departed from Your judgments, For You Yourself have taught me. How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.
Psalm 119:158 I behold the treacherous and loathe them, because they do not keep Your word.
Psalm 119:163 I hate and abhor lying, but I love Your law.
Psalm 139:21 Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.
King David was a man after God’s own heart, and God praised David for being one of His most faithful servants (1 King 14:8). He hated and rejected the evildoers, and he trusted in the Lord. He was faithful to God’s commandments and gained understanding through God’s precepts. He hated God’s enemies with a ‘perfect hatred.’
Psalm 45:5-7 Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies; whereby the people fall under thee. Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.
Hebrews 1:8-9 But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”
Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.
The verses from the Book of Hebrews (above) provide a testimony by God about Jesus, which first appeared in the Book of Psalms. Psalm 45:5-7 speaks of Jesus establishing justice by directing sharp arrows into the hearts of His enemies, and goes on to say that He had earned God’s favor by His love of righteousness and His hate of wickedness. Proverbs 6:16-19 describes six things that God hates. God hates: Pride (Proverbs 16:4-5), Lying, Murder (shedding innocent blood), an Evil Heart, Sinning (engaging in evil), Perjury, and Subverting the brethren (false prophets/wolves in sheep’s clothing).
This list of things that God hates corresponds with verses regarding the types of sins that will cause people to be damned. Lying, murder, and bearing false witness are all included in 1 Timothy 1:8-11, and lying and murder are included in Revelations 21:7-8, 22:15. Murder also appears in the list of sins (works of the flesh) in Galatians 5:19-21, along with ‘hatred.’
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Murder and lying are clearly grave sins that Christians should avoid. Lying may not seem as great of a sin as murder within today’s culture, but clearly God hates liars and lumps them together with the murderers, sorcerers, adulterers, and kidnappers.
Hatred is also included in the above list, because even though we are supposed to hate evil, we are not to be consumed with hatred. “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins (Proverbs 10:12).” Clearly Jesus hated wickedness (Hebrews 1:8-9), and in many of His parables He spoke of bringing the evildoers to justice. Yet, Jesus did not walk around consumed with hate. Hating evil and loving good must be done with balance and discernment.
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
1 John 2:9-11 He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
1 John 3:11-16 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
Leviticus 19:17-18 “You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”
Luke 17:3 “Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.”
Christians are commanded not to hate their fellow disciples (1 John 4:20). Loving the brethren is the mark of a Christian, and Christians should not hate one another. By hating each other, they prove through their actions that they are not Christians, because Jesus specifically commanded us to love our brethren. Dealing with others with who we share a common religion with us has not changed since the Old Testament, and the Leviticus verse above sums up the teaching – we are not to hate our brethren, but if one of our brethren is committing a sin (that is causing us to hate him) then we are to rebuke him in order to correct his bad behavior (which would actually be an act of love).
1 King 3:9-12 “Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. Then God said to him, “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold, I have done according to your words…”
God granted King Solomon’s appeal for wisdom – so that he might discern between good and evil and administer justice – because Solomon’s unselfish request was pleasing to God. God wants His people to choose good over evil and to establish justice on earth. God does not want evil to run rampant upon the earth, “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery…(Isaiah 61:8).” As much as it is within our power, we should, “Remove violence and plundering, execute justice and righteousness, and stop dispossessing My people: says the Lord God…(Ezekiel 45:9).”
Genesis 6:5-6 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
Isaiah 59:15-16 So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor;
Amos 5:13 Therefore the prudent keep silent at that time, for it is an evil time.
Proverbs 21:13-15 Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be heard. It is a joy for the just to do justice, but destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.
Habakkuk 1:2-4 O Lord, how long shall I cry, and You will not hear? Even cry out to You, “Violence!” and You will not save. Why do You show me iniquity, and cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; there is strife, and contention arises. Therefore the law is powerless, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds…
A lack of justice on the earth displeases God, and allowing evil to run rampant within society is what led to the flood in Noah’s time (Genesis 6:7). If we allow evil to flourish within society – or in the world for that matter – eventually it will reach a point where there will be no justice, the prudent will keep silent, and those who depart from evil will fall victim to it. If we shut our ears to the cries of the helpless, then no one will come to save us when we cry for help.
It should be, “a joy for the just to do justice”, and evildoers should not be allowed to act with impunity. Christians are to lead quiet and peaceable lives (1 Thessalonians 4:11) in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, but we are also supposed to shine as lights in the world (Philippians 2:15). We should set an example of truth, justice, and peace (Zechariah 8:16) through our behavior (1 Timothy 4:12, Titus 2:6-8, 1 Peter 2:12), and support our earthly rulers as they punish the evildoers and praise those who do good (1 Peter 2:14).
Christians are to, “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them (Ephesians 5:11).” We need to, “stand against the wiles of the devil”, that we might, “be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand (Ephesians 6:11-12).” The world has many evildoers in it, and if Christians are unwilling to take a stand against them, then who is going to?
Isaiah 56:1 Thus says the Lord: “Keep justice, and do righteousness...”
Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.
Psalm 82:3-4 Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked.
Jeremiah 21:12 ‘O house of David! Thus say the Lord: “Execute judgment in the morning; and deliver him who is plundered out of the hand of the oppressor, lest My fury go forth like fire and burn so that no one can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.
Zechariah 7:9-10 “Thus says the Lord of Hosts: “Execute true justice, Show mercy and compassion everyone to his brother. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart against his brother.”
Zechariah 8:16-17 “These are the things you shall do: Speak each man the truth to his neighbor; Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace; Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor and do not love a false oath. For all these are things that I hate, ‘Says the Lord.”
Executing justice in the land and standing up for those in need are lessons that were clearly taught in the Old Testament. Coming to the aid of the oppressed was echoed in the New Testament in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37). Christians are allowed to defend themselves, their families, and their brethren (Luke 22:36, Romans 12:18, Proverbs 6:5, John 10:10), but they are not allowed to seek their own revenge (Romans 12:19). If a Christian has been wronged, he/she should have faith in God’s promises, and trust that God is a god of justice and will render His righteous judgment against the wicked at the appointed time (Romans 9:21-23).
Matthew 25:44-46 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ “Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Right now, as you are reading this, someone is being raped. Another person will be raped within the next two minutes, and another, two minutes after that. Every 40 seconds someone will be assaulted with a deadly weapon. A home is burglarized every 18 seconds, and one act of domestic violence occurs each minute. A child is abused and/or neglected every 35 seconds, and someone is murdered every 31 minutes. The proceeding statistics were taken from the Department of Justice’s 2009 Crime Clock (1), and only reflect the crimes taking place in the United States.
Elsewhere in the world, each year, “an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 men, women, and children are trafficked across international borders…70 percent are female and 50 percent are children. The majority of these victims are forced into the commercial sex trade (2).” Terrorism, ethnic cleansing, genocide, and other crimes against humanity are also widespread and ongoing throughout the world. People are starving on the streets, being forced into prostitution, dying unnecessarily of treatable diseases, and/or are being dispossessed of their homes by tyrants or natural disasters. All of these things are taking place right now, in the world we live in. Are you doing anything about it?
When the Bible tells us to “defend the poor and fatherless” it is telling us to stand up for those who are unable to stand up for themselves. The fact that someone is not poor or if someone does have a father, should not be a disqualifying factor. Common sense would dictate that at the time, the fathers, and the people with wealth, were standing up for themselves and their children. Christians should defend themselves and their families, but should also seek to help those who are in need – those who do not have a defender or lack the ability to defend themselves.
If a Christian wants to take a more active role in the fight against evil (criminals, terrorists, genocides, tyrants, etc…) he/she can serve in the military or within the criminal justice system, and be one of, “God’s minister(s) to you for good” and serve as, “an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil (Romans 13:4).” Not all of the jobs in the military involve firing weapons at bad guys; there are also people who build bridges/buildings, work in public affairs offices to aid foreign citizens, serve as doctors/nurses/dentists, and even as chaplains. In the criminal justice system there are prosecuting attorneys, case workers, guards, and law enforcement officers. Law enforcement officers exist at the local, state, and federal levels, and there are different duties in each of the sections – such as finding missing children, fighting against drugs or human trafficking, tracking down murderers, or teaching communities how they can better secure their homes or neighborhoods against crime.
You do not need to change careers or work fulltime at fighting evil and establishing justice. There are many ways that you can support your fellow man, and make the world a better/safer place by volunteering in your local communities (3). There are volunteer opportunities that support battered women and/or abused children, and opportunities at rape crisis centers and suicide hotlines (4). There are also opportunities within the field of Emergency Management – such as the Community Emergency Response Team (5), whose members come to the aid of their neighbors following natural disasters.
There are many nonprofit organizations you can support financially that champion causes, such as, rescuing child prostitutes from the streets (6), providing dogs to assist the handicap (7), preventing child abuse/molestation (8), or supporting the parents of murdered children (9). Christians can lobby, protest, or propagate causes and issues of concern to them, and can fight evil and make the world a better place by letting their voices be heard on blogs, social networking sites, personal websites, community newsletters, and so on.
1 Peter 3:11-13 “Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Revelations 20:12-15 and I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
The lesson of this path is to understand justice; both as it relates to God and as in regards to our earthly duties of establishing it within our societies. Faith without works is dead (James 2:20). When we finally do face judgment, we will be judged according to our deeds (the things that we have actually done), and not by our understanding of concepts. God is a god of justice, but He also expects us to do our parts.
(2) http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/ncvrw/2005/pg5l.html, 2005