Daily Newsings: 3rd May

Daily Newsings are musings on the daily news.

Today’s newsing is on the ongoing sex scandal that has thrown the country into an uproar.

What’s the story?

Prajwal Revanna is a Member of Parliament representing the Hassan constituency in Karnataka. Hoping to be re-elected, he contested the 2024 general elections from the same constituency. On the day of the election, news surfaced of videos being circulated that showed Prajwal Revanna engaging in sexual acts with various women. It appears that he had been sexually assaulting various women and recording the acts without their consent. He was then using the videos to blackmail them and continue to further abuse them. As the news story began coming out, Prajwal Revanna fled the country. According to reports, he’s currently in Germany.

Where is justice?

Stories like this cause us to ask: where is justice? When those who are meant to protect and represent the interests of the people abuse their power to exploit the weak and vulnerable, who can the people turn to?

The story is not new. We saw a very similar story play out in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal as well, where women were being abused over many years by rich and powerful evil men.

Hope in an unjust world

What conquers the hopelessness of gross injustice is the truth of eventual justice. The only way we can save ourselves from losing hope is to remind ourselves that justice will be served. As a visitor to the city of Athens once told the members of the Areopagus 2000 years ago, “[God] has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead” (Acts 17:31).

Grieve… hope… act

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4).

As subjects of the compassionate King, we mourn the injustice in the world.

As subjects of the just King, we are not driven to despair. We hold on to the sure hope of eventual future justice.

If justice is sure, do we just wait for it?

When we read of ancient battles, we often read of soldiers from the losing side fleeing the battle (Joshua 7:4-5). Soldiers who know that the war is won will keep pressing their advantage and chasing the enemy. It is those who have lost hope who flee the battle… who are driven to inaction.

We fight for justice because we know that the battle is won. Because the just King who will bring justice to the world has conquered the forces of injustice by dying at the hands of sinners and being resurrected 3 days later.

We mourn the injustice in the world knowing that we will be comforted.

We hope for justice even as mourn.

We fight for justice because it is already won.

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