The spirit of this age is lawlessness. Elites make rules for commoners to follow, but exempt themselves; commoners reject the law simply because they believe what they have been told: “You deserve a break today.”
Elites rule for themselves, and only for a season. We, however, are subjects of a king whose throne endures forever, whose kingly power is expressed in his righteousness. Our highest priority is seeking the kingdom of God’s Son, who hates evil and injustice, who endured crucifixion’s agonies to do cosmic justice for even the worst of sinners. Jesus’ passion for justice consumed him, and the Father was pleased. God anointed Jesus to rule as king. He sets us free from slavery to lawlessness, so we can pursue justice for our brothers and sisters still in captivity. When, like Jesus, we also love what is right and hate what is wrong, will we not also participate in his anointing with the oil of God’s joy?
“To his Son he says, “Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. Your royal power is expressed in righteousness. You love what is right and hate what is wrong. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.” (Hebrews 1:8-9 NLT’96)