Andrew Wilson on Rwanda and the justice of God

This morning I read Andrew Wilson’s chapter in “Incomparable” on the justice of God and today happens to be the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan massacres.  The chapter opens with the words:

In April 1994, an untold number of Rwandans were hacked to death with machetes.

Wilson describes the events of the early days of the genocide in a measured way without masking the true horror then asks, how did we respond and how should we respond? He answers those questions by reminding us that we tend to suspend reality because we are bombarded with tales of human evil and we could not live a normal life if we felt appropriately shocked and angry.   Yet, we could try to feel like God feels about every act of injustice and cruelty.

Or, we could read the psalms, to know how God feels and what he will do.

Wilson reflects on Psalm 10 and draws three points about the justice of God:

1.  God is not slow in bringing justice.  Like a thief running through the casino with arms full of cash who is stopped by the doormen, we live in God’s world and there is only one exit, which God has covered.

2.  God feels the injustice and fury infinitely more greatly than we do.

3.  God uses his people as instruments of justice, so cases where injustices prevail and go unchecked, the church has or is failing (Amos 2:6-8).

Therefore, God’s people are both to preach the word of God and act to stop injustice according to that same word.  That’s Plan A and there is no Plan B.


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