God calls the judges into his courtroom, he puts all the judges in the dock.2-4 “Enough! You’ve corrupted justice long enough, you’ve let the wicked get away with murder. You’re here to defend the defenseless, to make sure that underdogs get a fair break; Your job is to stand up for the powerless, and prosecute all those who exploit them.”5 Ignorant judges! Head-in-the-sand judges! They haven’t a clue to what’s going on. And now everything’s falling apart, the world’s coming unglued. 6-7 “I commissioned you judges, each one of you, deputies of the High God, But you’ve betrayed your commission and now you’re stripped of your rank, busted.”
The above scripture, which is an Asaph Psalm, is a very sobering one indeed. I stumbled on it a couple of weeks ago and it has challenged my thinking ever since.
It is basically God chastising His representatives on Earth for doing a terrible job of being judges on His behalf. It is interesting that God is less interested in highlighting the wickedness of evildoers and more focused on highlighting the ignorance of His own people.
In the context of the world in which we live today, one can say that a lot of Christ followers are lost in the darkness of complacency. We no longer know what our job descriptions are. We have becoming complacent at being judges sent to represent the Great Judge of all Creation. What is our job description as judges of the earth? The scripture above says:
You’re here to defend the defenseless, to make sure that underdogs get a fair break; Your job is to stand up for the powerless, and prosecute all those who exploit them.”
I ask myself: “when was the last time I defended the defenseless and made sure that underdogs got a fair break”? “When was the last time I stood up for the powerless and prosecuted all those who exploit them”? “When was the last time holy anger was stirred up in my heart from watching the poison being pumped out of the entertainment industry and filling the hearts and minds of an unsuspecting generation?”
If most of us are honest with ourselves, we are satisfied with our solo Christianity. We turn a blind eye and pretend like we don’t see the evil around us and hence fail to act as judges by taking the matter to the heavenly throne room in prayer. Our inaction is a sin because it leads to evil consequences. The scripture brings this out well: “Enough! You’ve corrupted justice long enough, you’ve let the wicked get away with murder.
Our inactivity as judges is causing a whole lot more damage than we can fathom. The world is depending on us. God is depending on us. That’s why the scripture says: Ignorant judges! Head-in-the-sand judges! They haven’t a clue to what’s going on. And now everything’s falling apart, the world’s coming unglued.
When we look around us, can we really deny that the world is coming unglued as the scripture suggests? Many of us truly haven’t got a clue what’s going on. The darkness increases whilst the judges remain in their slumber. Gay marriage, twisted doctrines, the redefinition of family, the perversion of the church, the commercialisation of our faith and so on, have all crept in and taken root in our world today because the judges have failed in their duties. The scripture says: “I commissioned you judges, each one of you,deputies of the High God, But you’ve betrayed your commission and now you’re stripped of your rank, busted.”
By what standards are we to judge? Come with me to Hebrews 4:12 for some insight on this - 12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Fellow judges of the earth, it is time we answered the call of God to bring justice to the world. Every time your knees touch the ground in prayer, you stand before the throne of the Judge of all Creation as a representative, bringing issues from our world to His attention. It is not as though He doesn’t know what’s going on and can’t act without us but He lowers Himself and sometimes limits Himself to our cooperation and involvement.
It’s high time we woke up from our slumber and satisfaction with the complacency of the world around us. Without God, we can’t but without us He won’t. We are privileged and blessed to have a Maker who wants our cooperation in ruling the earth based on His standards.
We are called to be salt and light, rather than judges who bury their heads in the sand and pretend like all is well when it clearly isn’t. Let’s ask God for the grace to snap out of the darkness of complacent satisfaction and begin to rule and reign with Him in heavenly places.