“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.
At every turn there seems to be something on the news about the search for justice.
People want justice for a cause, for a humanitarian crisis, for a personal wrongdoing, for a breach in a moral code, and for a societal shift they feel needs to happen.
Some scream loudly for it, some march, and even some sacrifice their lives for it. All for this one thing called justice.
But what does justice really mean?
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of justice is the “conformity to truth, fact or reason: correctness.” Other synonyms include: fairness, equity, lack of prejudice, and even righteousness.
Just think about that for a moment: conformity to truth. In order to have justice you have to have truth. They go hand-in-hand.
There are many issues that have recently caused my spirit to scream out for justice. And it’s to the point where what is inside me can’t stay inside any longer—because the very values that serve as my moral compass and foundation are being threatened – and simply infringed upon.
So what do you do when that feeling rises up? When something is happening that makes you want to scream: “There must be justice!” And what do you do when injustice comes at you from all sides?
It’s time to suit up.
Muster up that inner superhero and get ready for the fight. If you’re passionate enough about the subject to make a difference, then it’s time to get the right equipment.
Firstly, educate yourself on the subject at hand. The best way to fight is armed with knowledge and real facts – truth. Don’t be tempted to share information right away that you didn’t look up yourself. If your name is going to be attached to a cause, make sure you are representing it right and maintaining an upright reputation.
The second part of suiting up is putting on right thinking – through prayers first for Divine Wisdom (because that will often look TOTALLY different than “man’s wisdom”), and then layering your uniform with garments of praise, grace, compassion… and again, wisdom. Start with wisdom, and finish well with wisdom.
These are not accessories, but a core part of your armor. I’m sure you have seen many so-called “superheroes” who fight without these three attributes and it leaves a trail of destruction in their wake.
Needless casualties of war.
This is unnecessary if we first suit up with the Armor of God! The belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit! (Ephesians 6:10-18)
And then, invest in yourself! You need to know who you are! And that you are Made For More™! Contrary to what others may say, when I say you are Made For More™, it doesn’t mean you’re not good enough. It doesn’t mean you’re not accepted, loved, or valued, right where you are – I simply mean, you’re SOOOO AWESOME that if you have a habit of “settling,” or that you tend to negotiate yourself out of your dreams, don’t do that anymore! In fact, start dreaming bigger!
If your armor needs some updating, join us in our Made For More™ Happy Place to get strength and inspiration every week!
Summon your league.
The one benefit of injustice is that it brings people together under a common cause. That in itself is powerful and unifying, and can bring great purpose to your life. Remember what America did after 9/11? We unified. We rebuilt. We came back stronger.
Who is with you? Who are your trusted and vetted allies? Who does life with you? Do they speak life into you? AND, more importantly, do they speak TRUTH into you? Do they have permission to “call you out” on things – out of love, naturally, but call you out nonetheless? If so, call on them! Call on your league to come to your aid. We weren’t meant to do life or to take a stand for goodness alone.
The beauty of DC Comic’s Justice League is that each of them has unique gifts they bring to the table, and combined, they are stronger and victorious. Find people who can do things that you can’t, and who have the resources that you don’t. You’ll find yourself going from strength to strength with the right team. And then, be that same ally for them when they need you.
Pick your battles.
This can be a hard one. There is injustice everywhere, and it can be overwhelming. We need to wisely choose which battles to fight and which ones to pass over. You can’t fight them all, but you can focus on one or two causes that really get your blood pumping (in a good way). Pour your energy, gifts, and resources into that.
Sometimes, our most passionate cries are the clarion calls to our destiny.
I believe in you! Don’t be afraid to arise and shine. Don’t be afraid to suit up. Don’t be afraid to ask for help – summon your justice league! And don’t be afraid of the enemy. Intimidation, bullying, and even volume (how loud someone complains, screams, or rants) are always their tactics. Ignore it all. It’s not only immature, it’s embarrassing – for them!
So, to sum up: Pray, get wise counsel, do your homework, stay in your lane, and then CHARGE!
The world needs you right now. Are you ready?
Let’s go get ‘em!
Your cheerleader, fan and friend,