The offended and victimized crave justice. And they should because God loves justice. And to desire it should be a natural human response. For example, when a child suffers at the hands of an oppressor, our first instinct is not to forgive that person but to make them pay. A current illustration of this is the Penn State football coach who sexually abused young boys for years, with seeming immunity. People are outraged and disturbed that saving a sport became more important than protecting innocent children.
Shouldn’t Christians practice forgiveness, even in a case such as this, when a monster on the loose ravages the innocent? No, outrage, not forgiveness is the godly response. Not that we want to take the law into our own hands but that we do want to see that the law works on behalf of the innocent.
Society’s outrage indicates that we do value children, that we have compassion for the bullied and the weak. Only a sick society wouldn’t show outrage.
Jesus himself is ourtraged by the actions of predators. It’s evident in these ominous words directed at oppressors of children: ” . . . it would be better for that person to have a large millstone hung around his neck and be drowned at the bottom of the sea. ” (Matt. 18:6)That’s tough language.
In the rush to forgive we must never forget justice.