Where do I put this?

As if I hadn’t been struggling enough today with what justice means, what this whole movement is about, if I’m doing the right thing or being led by radical idealists, trying to look for direction through God’s word…along comes this article in today’s Latin American Herald, entitled…

Murders Up 15 Percent in Guatemala

Read the article or just check these stats it relates:

  • 2008 was the most violent year in Guatemala’s history
  • so far this year (Jan. – April), the number of murders has exceeded the number of 2008 (Jan. – April) by 15%
  • 2009 will likely see 1,000 more murders than last year’s total of 6,292
  • the first four months of this year have seen nearly 2,000 murders already
  • Guatemala (with 13 million inhabitants) has nearly the same murder rate as Mexico (which has more than 100 million  inhabitants)

Is something wrong here?  Obviously, yes.  But what do we do about it?  Does it matter?  Will God bring His justice?  Or is He already doing so?  How much blame can we hold against those who take the law into their own hands when they don’t see anything being done to help?  Is it wrong to even ask that?  How does justice get done?  Who should handle it?  Will we like the answers?  Where does forgiveness fit in?  Where do I put this?

The problem as God gave Habakkuk to see it:

God, how long do I have to cry out for help
before you listen?
How many times do I have to yell, “Help! Murder! Police!”
before you come to the rescue?
Why do you force me to look at evil,
stare trouble in the face day after day?
Anarchy and violence break out,
quarrels and fights all over the place.
Law and order fall to pieces.
Justice is a joke.
The wicked have the righteous hamstrung
and stand justice on its head.

Habakkuk 1:1-4 (The Message)

Will God’s answer here and now be the same as it was then and there?


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