As I write this our country is majorly divided. Last week’s election process culminated in a virtual draw, where approximately half of voters now see themselves as winners, and the other losers. It appears that the courts will ultimately decide the outcome, but we are a nation divided either way. Anger, rancor, fear, distress and distrust are front and center, and whoever is finally declared president will be presiding over an un-unified populace.
Today’s reading is a strong and encouraging reminder of who it is we as followers have as our King and Leader.
“Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen. He is my Beloved, who pleases me. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.19He will not fight or shout or raise his voice in public.20He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. Finally, he will cause justice to be victorious.21And his name will be the hope of all the world.” Matthew 12:18-21 (NLT)
This passage, describing Jesus, reminds us that God sent Him to bring hope and justice for all people. He doesn’t come in a caustic, mean-spirited or crushing manner, but deliberate, truthful and gentle. The picture of a weak reed, or flickering candle, shows that He is aware of all people and is not dismissive of those whose life and voice is fragile. Christ has a clear and kind voice of justice and hope – those of us that follow Him are called to, and need to, resist the tone of our culture and emulate the same.