Dear Friends,

Ralph McGill, editor of the Atlantic Constitution, had a famous saying:  “One of these days it’s going to be Monday.”

What he meant was that Monday was the day the Supreme Court released its rulings.  I think that custom has changed.  But the point remains.  One of these days it’s going to be the day when justice is done.  When all that is wrong in this world is made right.

I am struggling right now with the sermon I plan to preach on October 27.  It’s on suffering.  We all experience suffering as we go through life.  Some experience way more than their share.  Which is an odd way to put it.  Is there a “share” that would be fair to distribute equally among us all?

Deep down we know there is such a thing as justice.  There is such a thing as fairness.  Human suffering seems so arbitrary, it hardly seems fair.  We can get angry.  Maybe angry at God.  Certainly angry at people who have hurt us.

Dave Hegler works a side job as an umpire.  He tells a funny story:

I was driving too fast in the snow in Boulder, Colorado, and a policeman pulled me over and gave me a speeding ticket.  I tried to talk him out of it, telling him how worried I was about my insurance and that I was normally a very careful driver.  He said I should go to court and try to get it reduced or thrown out.  The first day of the next baseball season, I’m umpiring behind home plate and the first batter up is the same policeman.  I recognize him, he recognizes me.  He asks me how the thing went with the ticket.  I tell him, “Swing at everything.”

There is such a thing as justice.  The Bible tells us that justice is not something we invent and revise to suit our likings.  God is the author of justice.  I understand there is a statue of Moses and a representation of the Ten Commandments at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC.  And I know it’s in our Pledge of Alliance:  “One nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.”

Life is not always fair.  We can protest and often we do.  Far better to do something to make life fairer.

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

In Christ,

John

PS This has nothing to do with any of the above, but one of you clipped this from “The Statesman” and put it in my box.  It is too good not to pass on.  This was in the classified  ads, October 10, under Farm & Equipment:

Pastor – Fed Beef, No Grain, Spray, Hormones, Antibiotics, $1 / lb

In my case, that would cost you $170.