He Is Still Holy: Reflections on Justice in the Midst of Evil

The world at times can be a little overwhelming. Hearing about the further marginalization of communities of color through redlining and disinvestment or reading about the 74th gun shooting on a school property since Sandy Hook can be enough to make you scream. And for people like me who are gifted with extra sensitivity and cry at the slightest hint of injustice, these incidents can be very trying on the spirit. How much more can we take? How much more can we witness armed militants in Nigeria stealing our girls or withstand women being trafficked across the globe? How much longer must we deal with children going to bed hungry, people being driven out of their homelands, or millions dying due to acts of genocide, homicide and even suicide? How many more incidents of racial profiling must we face? How many more incidents of our young men of color dying at the hand of a gun must we endure?

One thing that is for sure is that evil persists. Powerful forces in high places, and let’s be honest – some low places too, govern the affairs of the day, insisting on more destruction and degradation of human life. Sometimes it seems like all of us good-natured and good-willed folk who work for justice and who commit our lives to proclaiming the kingdom of God are no match to the power of the evil one. But deep in my heart, I know I am wrong. God is still in charge. I don’t always get it, or understand why He allows such wickedness to take place, but in spite of the present darkness in many corners of this earth, He is still utterly and completely holy. I mediate on these words from the song, You Are Still Holy. Surprisingly enough, thinking about the sovereignty of God even in the midst of chaos, puts my heart at ease because I know that I don’t have to figure it out. All God is asking from me is faithfulness, not necessarily solutions. I breathe a sigh of relief and surrender.

Holy, You are still holy
Even when the darkness surrounds my life
Sovereign, You are still sovereign
Even when confusion has blinded my eyes

Lord, I don’t deserve Your kind affection
When my unbelief has kept me from Your touch
I want my life to be a pure reflection
Of Your love

And so I come into Your chamber
And I dance at Your feet, Lord
You are my Saviour
And I’m at Your mercy
All that has been in my life
Up ’til now
It belongs to You
You are still holy

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