7 The hidden plan to live without any law is at work now, but it will be secret only until the one who is holding it back is out of the way. 8 Then the person who is lawless will be revealed. The Lord Jesus will destroy him with the breath from his mouth. When the Lord comes, his appearance will put an end to him. 9 When the person who is lawless comes, it will happen through Satan’s effort, with all kinds of fake power, signs, and wonders. 10 It will happen with every sort of wicked deception of those who are heading toward destruction because they have refused to love the truth that would allow them to be saved. 11 This is why God will send them an influence that will mislead them so that they will believe the lie. 12 The result will be that everyone will be judged who is not convinced by the truth but is happy with injustice. (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12, CEB)
Those who are happy with injustice will be judged because they will follow after the one who is lawless.
Who is truly happy with injustice? This is an interesting question for this period in time. Where we have people saying that churches should be open because people are rioting all over the place. It is safe to riot but it isn’t safe to gather in a church. Well first of all, not everyone is rioting. Some are peacefully protesting. And yes it is unsafe for us to be in churches, but that doesn’t mean churches are closed.
You see this passage is actually very relevant today because all of us who perpetuate the system of racism are the ones who follow after the lawless one and are happy with injustice.
All of us who cry for justice for people who got justice while our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) siblings don’t have it are ones who follow the lawless. We need to stand up for justice for all and for some of us that looks like we are getting the short end of the stick, but that is because we have lived in a society that was built on racism and we have gained from it. That means we must change our view and see things from our siblings point of view. It isn’t easy, but it must be done.
Do not follow the lawless, and seek justice for all.