In his right hand, he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. (Rev. 1:16)
In recent years, we have experienced violent protests in our city. Many university students and others in civil society have taken to the streets to denounce police brutality and call for change.
Today, as we drove through the streets in the inner city, our daughter Zoe, age seven, noticed some police officers dressed in their riot gear patrolling the streets. Curious, Zoe asked why the officers were dressed that way. Attempting to instill a sense of calm, I explained that they were dressed that way for protection, so as not to be physically hurt. I also took some time to educate her about the good men and women in uniform, as well as those others who misrepresent the noble cause of “to protect and to serve.” She then asked if we might be stopped and searched. With a smile on my face, I responded that we were not likely to be stopped.
In times when wicked rulers, authorities, cosmic powers, darkness, and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places seem to have prevailed in the world, and where there are injustices and abuses of political office, our God is dressed for battle for his people. He will trample upon his enemies in victory, and his judgment is everlasting. God’s voice thunders in majesty, and his word proceeds from his mouth with power and victory.
Trust that God’s righteous justice will prevail.
Jim Machuku is an ordained minister, resident pastor at Mc3, and an educator. He is passionate about leadership development in Africa.
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