Justice is God’s Requirement for Leadership

Justice: the quality of being fair and reasonable

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and 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

Justice is a big emphasis today especially among the young and impressionable. The educational system has been pushing justice for a long time citing capitalism as one of the biggest offenders of justice. Racism is an injustice, along with the injustice of opposing people’s freedoms such as gender neutrality or being transgender. Justice is also a big issue with God. Much of the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament, is about justice - especially for leaders. Their role was to insure that justice was administered among the people, and even as Micah states above, it is required of us to do justice.

There are two parts of justice as I see it:

  1. Justice from God
  2. Justice for others

Let’s start with the justice from God. God’s justice starts with His laws and commandments. His laws were handed down to us so that there would be a fair and equitable system by which we can live together in peace. God’s Word teaches us justice as sinners. First, there was the justice of the sacrifices under the law, and then there was the justice of the cross when Jesus came. God’s justice is His offer of removing our sins by the forgiveness in His heart. In addition, His judgment is justice when He will judge the world according to the kind of lives we have lived, and by our acceptance or rejection of His Son Jesus Christ. God’s justice is always about redemption and judgment. His justice always starts with redemption, because He wants no one to perish. Justice, however, also includes judgment, which is the consequence of rejecting Him.

God will judge those who use His name inappropriately. The dishonesty of the godly is often not much different than the dishonesty of the ungodly. They use God as a means to line their pockets with money. There is no justice coming from the religious world if their behavior is no different than those who do not proclaim to know God.

You rulers make decisions based on bribes; you priests teach God's laws only for a price; you prophets won't prophesy unless you are paid. Yet all of you claim to depend on the LORD. "No harm can come to us," you say, "for the LORD is here among us."   -Micah 3:11

Justice for others is about doing what is right for everyone - not just for your race, your denomination, your fraternity, your church, your ministry, or your country club. We can become so concerned about our own kind that we forget that justice is for all people. It is what God repeatedly used the prophets to remind the nation of Israel about justice, and their lack of it in serving God. The prophet Isaiah wrote that the nation needed to:


  •  Wash itself of evil
  •  Remove all evil from God’s sight
  •  Cease to do evil
  •  Learn to do good
  •  Seek justice
  •  Defend the orphan
  •  Plead for the widow

Justice is doing what is right, both in removing evil from your midst and defending the weak.

Zion will be restored by justice; those who repent will be revived by righteousness.   –Isaiah 1:27

Leadership is more than principles on how to lead people; leadership is about leading people in justice. Laying out what is right before the Lord, and then executing on it, that is justice.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K


How Do You Outline The Bible?

There are all kinds of outlines that can help you organize how the Bible is put together. Some outlines are designed with great detail while the simplest designed are the two Testaments, Old and New. However, when you think about outlining the Bible for understanding, here is another example:

God’s Story: all of the Old Testaments and the gospels.

God’s Expectations: Acts and Epistles

God’s Future: The Book of Revelation

God’s Story (Genesis through the Gospels)

The Bible is about God’s story, the origin of how God created the earth and selected a people to be His messengers. God chose Abraham and his descendents to bring His story into focus for all people.

This section of the Bible focuses on the origins of Israel and their struggles from slavery in Egypt to the freedom of their own land. This is a story of preservation. God preserved His people for the legacy of the Messiah. The gospel stories continue this preservation with a person named Jesus. He preserved mankind through His sacrifice on the cross, and gave all humans a chance to know God and live forever with Him. The Messiah was the fulfillment of God’s story from the inception of creation to the story of the gospels.  

God’s Expectation (Acts through the Epistles)

God’s Expectations shifts to how we should live in our families and in our communities. This section of the Bible tells us how to live for God and how to live for each other. It brings into focus how God interacts with us through His Spirit, and how that Spirit teaches us about sin, the righteousness of God, and judgment. This section is about how we live out faith and trust God for how we make Him known. It is about how a transformed person changes behavior that honors God first.

God’s Future  (Book of Revelation)

This is how God brings life on earth, as we know it, to a conclusion. The Messiah/Savior now becomes the judge and participates in bring judgment to the unbelieving. The conclusion to this section is the beginning of something new for all eternity. The Messiah/Savior will rule on earth and ultimately usher in the new Heavens and the new Earth. We learn how God has always been in control, but now He demonstrates it in person from Jerusalem.

You can see how easy it is to understand how God’s story in the Bible can be divided into these simple categories that outline how to understand the Bible. I don’t divide the Old and the New Testaments the way most people think of it, because it’s all one story. This outline I shared with you today illustrates that there is no divide between the testaments because they belong together. The Bible is one story from beginning to end.

Keeping it honest and truthful….K










When The Prophets Are Wrong

And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Inquire first for the word of the LORD.” Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said to them, “Shall I go to battle against Ramoth-gilead, or shall I refrain?” And they said, “Go up, for the Lord will give it into the hand of the king.”   -1 Kings 22:5-6

This story goes on to tell about one prophet who spoke just the opposite of what the majority of the prophets were saying. Today it is all about conformity and unity, yet we have to ask what are we conforming to and what does our unity believe in? In this story the majority of those who spoke for God were in error and dead wrong in their advice.

Trends in the church can be one of those slippery slopes that many Christian leaders are not willing to address. I have experienced all kinds of trends in my journey with Christ where the emphasis was more about benefiting self than it was about building God’s kingdom. Many times these trends have the attention of a good portion of the Body of Christ so the influence is pervasive. The above story from 1 Kings 22 was a great example of when the majority of leaders (prophets) that spoke for God were wrong.

The story is about two kings who wanted to know if it was God’s will for them to attack another kingdom. When all the prophets got together they said yes, God has given it into your hand. This is a great illustration of when the confirmation of the majority may not be correct. There are whole denominations that set policy and doctrine on issues that are not correct according to God’s Word, yet because the majority of leaders accept it, the error becomes acceptable and it also becomes a new standard.

This is played out when Christians accept abortion as a choice of mercy for women who do not want a pregnancy. The majority of Americans may accept abortion as a woman’s right, but it is still wrong in the courts of God. I just heard this morning that 60 million babies have been aborted since Roe v. Wade in 1973. The observation was made that we have killed more babies since 1973 than all the combined casualties of war we as a nation have fought. In fact the statistic was stated that we have killed 51 times more babies than all the deaths from our wars combined. How can we justify this before God? How can any God-fearing person ever say this genocide against the unborn is a righteous act before God? You would have to be delusional to think God is okay with abortion.

My question is why don’t our pastors break from the trends of the day where the uncomfortable is addressed and people are forced to face the harsh realities of what they have accepted as normal? I heard a story today that was told by the Benham brothers (formerly of HGTV) where an old man from Germany told them how his church in Nazi Germany ignored the extermination of the Jews. His church was located near the railroad tracks where Jews were taken by train to the concentration camps. In order not hear the cries of those Jews as those trains passed the church, they would sing their hymns that much loader. This is such a sad and sick story, but we are no different when we go along with the majority and accept a practice that is an abomination before God.

The bigger question we have to ask is have all the convictions on moral issues in our day grown cold among our churches? If the conviction is silent how can we brag about God being among us? How can God dwell among people who do not allow the conviction of the Holy Spirit to work? The first work of the Holy Spirit is to convict us about sin. That is the cleansing process of God whereby God dwells in us, and if that is not an on-going process, then I wonder if His presence is totally absent? Is it any wonder then that most churches are losing members while others may be gaining them through the slick trends of modern worship and personality-driven leadership?

I believe if the Church is lacking conviction, the trends will never save it.

If we are more concerned about people liking us and how many Likes we have on Facebook rather than preaching the convictions of the Word, then we have joined the ranks of the majority of the prophets in 1 Kings 22.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K



The Lies About God and Ourselves

Francis Chan author, pastor and speaker has produced a short video about the two lies that people believe about God. I think it is worth your time to watch it.

 When it comes to God, people make up all kinds of doctrines and teachings about Him that are just not true.  Sometimes these doctrines become personal agendas that get mixed into how we present God to our communities. Again if you go back to Francis Chan’s video, people do think they are good people and so naturally good people go to heaven. No one punishes good people, but heaven is not based upon being a good person. The same is true when we think that because God is love, He will never punish anyone. The pendulum in our doctrine has swung towards God being only love, which doesn’t tell the whole truth. If a person lives their lives under the veil of these two lies, they will be stand before God someday and say, “I was a good person, and the God of my personal belief is all about love so I can’t be punished”.  

Revelation 20:12-15 “12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”

The judgment God brings to each person comes down to if your name is written in the Book of Life. Your name doesn’t get there by being good. In fact, your name doesn’t get there by just believing in a good God. Your name gets in the Book of Life by surrendering your life and heart to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This is the criterion that gets you into God’s kingdom, and not because you think you are good, or that God is all about love. 

Oswald Chambers (My Utmost For His Highest) focused most of his writings on the idea of the old man, the old nature is to be buried, and the new man in Christ being our constant goal as Christians. Oswald Chambers taught that whatever you yield to has the power over your life. This is one of the reasons we see such a powerless church - our constituents are yielding to the culture, self, and ideologies that do not support His kingdom. Going to church means nothing, being a part of a small group means nothing if it doesn’t yield in you a more surrendered life to Christ. That is the bottom line. We have churches today that have the philosophy of a corporation where everything is about the bottom line.  Our mantra today in the Church is: More people, more money, more budget. I would like to see the verse of scripture that supports this idea. I understand we want success in what we do because our goal is to bring people to Christ. Yet, when you look at one of the most spiritual people in the Bible (the Apostle Paul) he had a different attitude. 

Acts 20:24 “24 But I count my life of no value to myself, so that I may finish my course ] and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God’s grace.”

Phil 3:8 “Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ.”

So I am convinced people do believe lies about God, and about themselves. Both of these get carried over to the Church, and people come into church and they leave believing these lies. So at the end of the day, why do we think this is okay? Why do we think we are good, or why do we think success is more budget and more recognition? We made some serious errors in how we see our importance in comparison to the Savior who gave His life to save us. 

Think about it. 

Keeping it honest and truthful…K


As The Leaders Go, So Goes the Church

So a woman confessed to Pastor Greg Boyd after one of his sermons. She was in her mid-sixties confiding a spiritual struggle of decades. Tearfully she told him “Today you helped me see that I don’t need to believe God ever ordered babies to be massacred. I can finally let myself believe God really is as beautiful as the cross reveals him to be! I can finally trust God with my entire heart.”

What is so disheartening about this is that a leader is leading people to believe there is a different God in the Old Testament than there is in the New Testament.

If that is the case, then what do we do with these two verses?

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Hebrews 13:4

I am the Lord, and I do not change.   Malachi 3:6

The problem as I see it with Dr. Boyd’s theology is the following:

Luke 12:5 “But I'll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell. Yes, he's the one to fear.

This is why I write this blog several times a week, because I see churches failing God and their constituents in presenting the truth of the gospel. You can say I am negative, but I refuse to ignore what I read in scripture and what I hear coming from most pulpits. Pastors need a revival and a change of heart. Would you go to a surgeon who practices unorthodox medicine? Why would you go to a surgeon who uses practices that have not been tried or proven effective and safe?  So why do we put up with theology that is not sound and not Biblical? We have a great problem in our churches today because leaders who are ignoring the truth are deceiving us. They are preaching a message people want to hear, a positive message of love and acceptance at all costs. The problem comes when we are not doing it God’s way or with God’s truth. If a preacher fails to preach the whole truth, he is cherry picking only the passages that support his beliefs.

Preachers do not want to tell their congregations that God did order the killing of women and child and it will happen again at the end of time as the Book of Revelation explains.

God is a holy God and He loves us and grants mercy and grace, but He is also a judge who will condemn people to an eternal punishment for the denying of His Son Jesus. That is what the Bible teaches. When leaders deny this truth to be known they are more ambassadors of evil than they are of good. Harsh words, yes, but if you read the books of 1 and 2 Kings you see how leaders lead Israel into sin and into the judgment of God. If leaders aren’t leading according to the scriptures, they are deceiving. It may not be what you want to hear, but it is the truth.

Keeping it honest and truthful….K

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