Whatsoever Things Are Just

“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people” Isa 10:1-2

It’s satisfying to have a career that puts our brain to the test and utilizes our creativity. Even better is having a mission in life that gives us an opportunity to minister to others. 

George F.R. Ellis is a well known cosmologist. On his “day job,” he evaluates and devises theories justiceconcerning the origin and structure of the universe. His “calling,” however, is to identify and eliminate injustice where he finds it. Growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa, Ellis observed plenty of injustice. His father lost his newspaper job for criticizing the government. His mother helped found a group of white women voters who spent forty years fighting apartheid. 

After Ellis left home to study at the University of Cambridge, he joined the Society of Friends (Quakers) and embraced their rational, nonviolent ways. He returned to South Africa to teach, and do all he could do to bring an end to apartheid. Ellis first helped raise money to set up an orphanage and a program to distribute milk. He devised a basic housing plan for the needy, which was initially rejected by the government, but later adopted. Next he gathered and publicized evidence about the government’s “undeclared war” against blacks. He didn’t win any popularity contests for that effort. Many whites in South Africa thought Ellis was crazy to put his neck on the line, but he would only say he did what needed to be done.

British statesman and political thinker Edmund Burke once swaid, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.” Like George F.R. Ellis, when we take such ideas to heart we are putting ourselves in position to become world changers. 

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