.. the man who shall be ‘just’ … and the war on words …

… if you follow any news source from any organization that claims to be ‘christian’ you will, sooner or later, hear some debate about all of the ‘wars’ against ‘christians’.  these ‘wars’ receive names like ‘the war against Christmas’, ‘the war against marriage’, and ‘the war against Christianity’ itself.  there is a concerted effort by many people to convince us that we are at ‘war’.

… why?prov12-18… the usual reasons used to explain these ‘wars’ has to do with perceived ‘justice’.  the theory goes something like this; “my belief  believes “X” and your belief believe “Y” and for you to challenge “X” is like declaring war against my belief system”.  this is usually based on an incomplete, or sometimes blatantly wrong understanding of what the scriptures they claim to believe in actually say, resulting in a form of ‘self-righteousness’.

But the man who shall be just, who executes judgment and righteousness,” (Ezekiel 18:5, Brenton LXX En)

just \ˈjəst\ adjective
[Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French juste, from Latin justus, from jus right, law; akin to Sanskrit yos welfare] 14th century
1      a: having a basis in or conforming to fact or reason: REASONABLE 〈a just but not a generous decision〉
b archaic: faithful to an original
c: conforming to a standard of correctness: PROPER 〈just proportions〉
2      a      (1): acting or being in conformity with what is morally upright or good: RIGHTEOUS 〈a just war〉
(2): being what is merited: DESERVED 〈a just punishment〉
b: legally correct: LAWFUL 〈just title to an estate〉 synonym see FAIR, UPRIGHT—just•ly adverb—just•ness \ˈjəs(t)-nəs\ noun  *

… and so we come upon Ezekiel and read “the man who shall be just“.  the word ‘just‘ means fair, lawful, proper, reasonable, and righteous.  one of the main ‘themes’ of the bible is that of what is just or right.  according to The Lexham Analytical Lexicon to the Septuagint, the word translated as ‘just‘ is the Greek word  δίκαιος (dikaios /dik·ah·yos) and is used 445x in the Old Testament alone.  according to the Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon it is used another 81x in the New Testament.

δίκαιος, αία, ον    (1) morally and ethically, of persons righteous, upright, just (MT 5.45), opposite ἄδικος (unrighteous); from a legal viewpoint law-abiding, honest, good (in behavior) (1T 1.9), opposite ἄθεσμος (lawless); from a religious viewpoint, as rightly related to God righteous, just (LU 1.6); put right (RO 2.13); substantivally οἱ δίκαιοι the righteous, people rightly related to God (MT 13.43; singular in RO 1.17); (2) of God just, righteous, fair (2T 4.8); (3) of Christ just, innocent (LU 23.47); (4) of things righteous, innocent (MT 23.35); (5) neuter δίκαιον used impersonally it is right, proper (EP 6.1); what is right (LU 12.57) **

… a word that is used over 520 times in the bible, is probably a word that anyone who believes in the God of the Bible should become familiar with.  this is the word that the AV translates as “righteous” 41 times, “just” 33 times, “right” five times, and “meet” twice in the New Testament.

… so it should become obvious that ‘RIGHTEOUS‘ is something that everyone should desire to be.   i have heard it described as ‘right standing with God’.  who doesn’t want that?Iamrighteousevenifi

… so what does Ezekiel say about the ‘man who shall be just’?  “He follows my decrees and faithfully keeps my laws. That man is righteous; he will surely live, declares the Sovereign Lord.” (Ezekiel 18:9, NIV)

… there are many who are passing laws that allow people to discriminate based on ‘their religion’, which is ‘American christianity’.   these people claim that they should not have to provide services to people based on their belief that the Bible is where we should get our laws from.  as was openly discussed by a pizza shop owner who says it would be a sin to cater a gay wedding.

… and so we go back to those scriptures to find out what the Bible says a ‘just‘ or ‘righteous‘ person actually looks like.

““Suppose a certain man is righteous and does what is just and right. He does not feast in the mountains before Israel’s idols or worship them. He does not commit adultery or have intercourse with a woman during her menstrual period. He is a merciful creditor, not keeping the items given as security by poor debtors. He does not rob the poor but instead gives food to the hungry and provides clothes for the needy. He grants loans without interest, stays away from injustice, is honest and fair when judging others, and faithfully obeys my decrees and regulations. Anyone who does these things is just and will surely live, says the Sovereign Lord.” (Ezekiel 18:5–9, NLT)

… according to this passage, being ‘righteous‘ or ‘just‘ has nothing to do with who you sell your products to, but rather what you personally do.

… in Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth, he wrote :  “When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people. It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.”” (1 Corinthians 5:9–13, NLT)

… according to Paul, the correct position for a ‘righteous‘ person to take is to ‘judge those inside the church who are sinning’ and ‘remove the evil person’  – which would be the ‘church member’ who is doing the evil.  in other words, the real authentic Church, according to scripture, is to have nothing to do with a business that would discriminate.

… but you say, ‘doesn’t the Bible say that homosexuality is a sin?’

… the answer is yes.  but why do we pick and choose which sins we discriminate against and which we don’t?  why aren’t we interested in following the Bible when it says :  “For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’” (Deuteronomy 15:11, ESV)

… and how about this?   ““If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you. Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your God, that your brother may live beside you. You shall not lend him your money at interest, nor give him your food for profit.” (Leviticus 25:35–37, ESV)

… so this ‘good American christian’ pizza shop refuses to cater a ‘gay wedding’ because it’s ‘against the Bible’.  and how much profit do you make off the food you sell to poor people?

No injustice will please a just man;
but the ungodly will be filled with mischief.

(Proverbs 12:21, Brenton LXX En)

righ•teous \ˈrī-chəs\ adjective
[alteration of earlier rightuous, alteration of Middle English rightwise, rightwos, from Old English rihtwīs, from riht, noun, right + wīs wise] 1530
1:      acting in accord with divine or moral law: free from guilt or sin
2      a: morally right or justifiable 〈a righteous decision〉
b: arising from an outraged sense of justice or morality 〈righteous indignation〉
3      slang: GENUINE, EXCELLENT synonym see MORAL—righ•teous•ly adverb—righ•teous•ness noun *

righteoustried* Frederick C. Mish, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (Eleventh Edition). (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc., 2003).
** Timothy Friberg, Barbara Friberg, and Neva F. Miller, Analytical Lexicon of the Greek New Testament, Baker’s Greek New Testament Library (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2000), 116.

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.. i was born into an average family in the mid-west of the United States of America. my parents were divorced when i was young. ... i have been fortunate to have experienced many things that only the rich get to see. i once stayed in the Presidential Suite of the Lai Lai Sheraton Hotel, in Taipei, Taiwan. this suite composed the top two floors of the Lai Lai, where my private room overlooked the city of Taipai. ... and i have spent time in the Federal Prison System of this country as well. ... i had a construction company on the road to 'success and prosperity' and fell pray to the lures of the American Christianity Syndrome. but thank the good LORD, He allowed it all to crash around me. ... now i am quite happy to be poor, relying only on Him ....

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