As much as I would like to believe humanity has progressed into some great society.. I can’t say that’s true… In my opinion, we simply seem to be in the “New Dark Ages”. The original dark ages are early medieval period of western European history—specifically, the time (476–800 CE) when there was no Roman or Holy Roman emperor in the West and was frequent marked by warfare and the virtual disappearance of urban life. It is also sometimes referred to a period of ignorance, social chaos, and crude historical developments.
With all the current events from mass shootings, mass stabbings, bombings, police brutality, shoot outs with police, and declarations of war, to the common occurrences of rape, human trafficking, and the high rates of crime.. We don’t seem to be doing any “better”. Ignorance is still a problem. Social chaos is at an all time high. And at times I feel we, as people, are crude thinkers. Racism is still alive and well. Just better documented. Money is a god to many as it was to Judas. Sex is commercialized like average household products. People are still sold into slavery through human trafficking. People are proud, intrigued by violence, lack compassion, etc.
As a law student, I’ve been doing a lot of interning. And let’s just say that being a victim of rape, molestation, domestic abuse, theft, and the like is a VERY common occurrence. Reality really hits when you find that SVU really isn’t just a TV show. Its based off real life experiences. You are VERY likely to be friends with someone who has been raped or molested. Its very likely you know someone who has been a victim of domestic abuse. Its taken me a while to realize this happens in real life to people you know. Nonetheless, I get kind of drained by the reality of these things at times coupled with the numerous amount of other things going on in the world.
So today, I went to read my bible.. and tonight I ended up in Habakkuk.. A seemingly overlooked book in the bible. Wasn’t quite sure where God was going with this.. I couldn’t even remember what Habakkuk is about. But I decided to keep reading..
In Habakkuk, Habakkuk is a resident of Judah is seeking answers for how God is going to deal with all the violence he is faced with..
“How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.”
– Habakkuk 1:2-4
From the beginning, I’m kind of shocked because this is LEGITIMATELY how I’m feeling about America and the world right now.
I live in Baton Rouge, minutes away from the shooting of Alton Sterling and minutes away from the shooting of several officers of the Baton Rouge Police Department… I’ve gone to the protest, the vigils… And I have grown exceeding tired with justice never, well correction, hardly ever, being served. I followed the Trayvon Martin case, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, etc… I’ve boycotted. I’ve helped write letters to legislators. I’ve signed petitions to no avail. And still.. we are faced with the same results consistently. And I’m not saying that people should not do these things. But regardless of your opinions about these matters, the reality is we, whether black, white, red, blue, brown, or WHATEVER color, have faced with some troubling times. I’m tired of literally watching wrongdoings… For the past few years, we have watched videos of people get murdered by those sworn to protect. I am tired having the discussion about crime within our communities. And tired of seeing violence and destruction every time I turn on the news or refresh my homepage. And this article is NOT about your opinion. It is not to persuade you to participate in some movement. At the end of the day you should be on the side of JUSTICE and RIGHTEOUSNESS.
But back to the book of Habakkuk..
God replies, “Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.”
God explains the process to Habakkuk in a vision… That he would raise up the Babylonians, a cruel people who were notorious for their violence, to reign justice on those doing so much wrong…
God didn’t always bring peace to the battlefield. Sometimes he destroyed the whole thing… And sometimes justice is not swift.
Habukkak was confused as to why God would allow this cruelty because God is pure. And because God is pure, why would he be silent while the wicked swallow up those who are actually doing good… He was afraid that everyone, both good and bad would be caught up in the evil actsoof the Babylonians who were risen up by God to “serve justice”…
Again.. God replied..
“Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.“See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright—but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness.
– Habakkuk 2:2-5
The RIGHTEOUS will live by their FAITHFULNESS to GOD. Remember that. God can use whomever he likes to fulfill his will because he is control. And no matter what the situation looks like now, he remains in control. And it sounds grim but God will provide justice. Habakkuk ends with “The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.”… This means God, the supreme ruler, will give him strength in the midst of all this tribulation such that he will resemble a deer across dangerous terrain… graceful.
And I know that it sounds grim but God will provide justice. Habbakkuh ends with “The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.”… This means God, the supreme ruler, will give him strength in the midst of all this tribulation such that he will resemble a deer across dangerous terrain… graceful.
So hold on. We too will gracefully tread on this rough terrain..