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Lord of Mercy and Justice

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I remember a few years ago when I first became aware of the vast scale of the corruption that is alleged to be happening among those in positions of power in the world. It was hard to stomach; that the world could be evil to the extent that I was reading about. Of course, we have all done wrong. I have done things in my life of which I am deeply ashamed and I have confessed my sins to God and repented, asking for His mercy and forgiveness.

I make sense of global politics in light of my understanding of sacred Scripture, especially the Bible and the Qur’an. In the Qur’an, it is said that you will find no change in the way God administers justice — He lets communities deteriorate into profound evil for some time, often allowing extra time for people to turn to Him in repentance, and then He administers judgement decisively. In the age of Noah, God’s justice was the flood. In the days of Moses, it was the drowning of Pharoah’s army. In Lot’s time, it was fire and brimstone. And there are many other examples of the way God chooses to demonstrate justice that are recorded in Scripture.

So, what will God’s judgement be in our time? And when will God act?

For years now, so many people having been suffering. Readers of this blog know about my personal struggles, but my story is merely a drop in the ocean; there has been severe hardship in society for very many people. I have been so desperate, even suicidal, in recent weeks, and I have spoken with others who have felt a similar way. Psychiatric wards and A&E departments are overflowing, people are feeling irritated and helpless and it can often feel as though there is nowhere to turn for comfort.

I try to count my blessings, of course. Things could always be so much worse and God is merciful to all of His creatures every day. But the emotional and psychological struggles of our present day are very hard to bear, and I do hope God will be merciful and restore peace and justice to the world very soon.

I will end this article by sharing two Scriptures that came to mind that feel relevant. One is from the Qur’an and one from the New Testament.

God’s judgement is coming, so do not ask to bring it on sooner.

Surah 16:1

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:3-10

Please be mindful of God, go to Him in prayer and ask for His mercy and forgiveness. God asks people to repent, Christians and Muslims would agree. Truly, God is our only hope, so we should never be too proud to fall to our knees and cry out to Him.