When situations became blatantly contrary to his values, Jesus expressed his outrage. He called the religious leaders “whited sepulchers” and Herod a “fox”. He threw the buyers and sellers out of the temple. In the face of clear injustices, he did not remain passive or continue to live comfortably. We are they who claim to believe in his values. Daily we are inundated with situations which get their momentary interest on news channels and then are absorbed with a sigh …another shooting of innocent school children… another reversal of policies to address climate change… more corrupt self-interested politicians…money poured in to control elections …blatant lies promoted as facts… refusal to support programs that ease poverty…and so on. How much will it take to rouse us? When will we get beyond our own comfort, become involved and use our citizen power to force improvement? The question arises: Where is the outrage?
Give us knowledge, understanding and courage to act justly.
Reflect on the questions: Why is there no force of outrage? What about me?
Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a ‘den of robbers”.
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.
It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home.
Carl T. Rowan
In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.
I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them.
It is not a persuasive argument that an evil should continue because it has existed in the past.
The underlying sickness of human life is an unwillingness to look with open eyes at the condition of the world.