• True justice stands outside our emotions. • Our hearts naturally gravitate toward certain people at certain times. • If we give in to our emotions then justice will be perverted. • To "pervert" something means that it's not being used according to it's original intention. • Sex - you can still have it with a same sex partner, but that's not its original intent - it's perverted. • The original intent of justice is to keep people moving toward God - but you can only do that by OBEDIENCE to His Law. • The only way to do this is to look at the sin and not the sinner. • If you look at the sinner you'll make the wrong decision. • Justice is perverted when: • 1) You show favoritism to the poor. • 2) You show favoritism to the rich. • The word "fairness" is used a lot when justice is perverted. • Justice is meant to lead people to God so that He can have mercy! • This is how mercy triumphs over justice. • But if justice is perverted then everyone will miss God's mercy.
How Justice is Perverted
Two ways to rob people of justice
February 27, 2016 • Benham Brothers
Government Gone Bad
How environment can make a break a wealth creator • August 16, 2018 • Benham Brothers
* This verse shows the importance of good government. * A hardworking productive person can have their stuff taken away by a bad government. * The role of government is to praise the good and punish the wicked. * They do this so that we can have an environment that allows us to flourish. * As Christians we need to concern ourselves with discipling nations, not just people. * This means we have to be involved in shaping our environment so people can flourish. * Example - if you started a business in America you can make a lot of money. * But if you started the same business in North Korea there’s no chance.
God the Governor
How God gives us authority to govern • January 7, 2016 • Benham Brothers
• God forms and fills everything for man to govern the world we live in. • The world needed order first - then we could have dominion. • LIGHT has to come first - this is God’s presence. • Light did two things: • 1) SEPARATION - Holy means “set apart” - like a chocolate chip. • 2) GOVERN - the sun, moon, and stars are used to govern. • vs 22 - The first blessing - taking part in creation. • vs 28 - The difference in this blessing is that we have the authority to govern.
Justice and Covenant
How abusing the covenant leads to injustice • January 18, 2018 • Benham Brothers
* Gross sin demands justice. * Jacob’s sons were justified in their anger - justice needed to be served. * But they went about it in the wrong way. * When injustice happens we can rely on God or man. * You can go through God’s channel of justice or take matters into your own hands. * Jacob’s sons did the latter and it ended up badly for everyone. * The same is happening today - young kids demand justice but they’re going about it the wrong way. * They aren’t interested in justice according to God, but their own idea of what’s right. * So they’re looting cities and tearing down monuments. * vs 15-17 - ** when you are bent on your own form of justice it leads to the greatest injustice ** * Jacob’s sons used the sign of God’s covenant to kill innocent people. * Circumcision was God’s sign of peace with the Israelites, but it was now used selfishly to bully others. * Think about today - what’s the rainbow? * A sign of God’s covenant (peace with mankind). * How is it being used? To bully people. * God’s special covenant is being used wrongfully because of a cry for justice. * A cry for justice can only be quenched by a God who is just.