A young man wearing a hoodie is dead after a man calling himself a law-abiding citizen shot him. Now, a jury says he is not guilty for the shooting the child for fear of his life. How senseless are we when it comes to life and the search for right and wrong. Is the scales of justice that far off? When they say justice is blind, are they really saying that she is crazy as well. Nothing can replace a life, nor justice or an eye for an eye. I can only give you these verses and hope that they find the right place in your hearts.
In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises. He boasts about the cravings of his heart;he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord. In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. His ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected by him; he sneers at all his enemies. He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.” He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.” His mouth is full of lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue. He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent. His eyes watch in secret for his victims; like a lion in cover he lies in wait. He lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net. His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength. He says to himself, “God will never notice; he covers his face and never sees.” Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
Do not forget the helpless. Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, “He won’t call me to account”? But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. Break the arm of the wicked man; call the evildoer to account for his wickedness that would not otherwise be found out. The Lord is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land. You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.
Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race. Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts.
And the Lord said; “Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise. I will protect them from those who malign them.”
You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked, who freely strut about
when what is vile is honored by the human race.
I pray that these word of wisdom find you at your time of need and I pray that the scales of justice will find balance. We pray, Amen