Where do you see injustice? We saw it in our adoption process.
There was this government office we had to get adoption papers through in Congo, and our lawyer via our agency rep asked for $400 per child. We were adopting two little boys; so yes, that’s another $800 on our already costly international adoption. My dear friend Bintu (and her sister) were hosting us, and I mentioned this next step. She was appalled. She was angry.
She showed me the big sign on the front of that government building and translated it for me. The services were free. There were no fees. Bintu took over getting our paperwork for us. At the next meeting with our agency and the lawyer we told them that our friend was getting our papers. We didn’t mention that they were supposed to be free, but the lawyer was not happy. We started waiting the days for the paperwork, and Bintu’s brother-in-law helped us. He found out that the lawyer had accused Bintu of doing thing illegally so our papers would have to be investigated. God only knows how much and how many times he bribed the officials in that office, and how much of the money he was pocketing for himself. He didn’t create this paperwork or add anything to it. He simply delivered the folders of documents from 5+ adopting parents to that office. 10 minute job, tops. Injustice.
There are over 50 verses in the Bible dealing with justice, both our role in seeing justice done and God’s role in carrying out judgement against those who practice injustice. Reading these makes me fear for those office workers and that lawyer.
You shall not distort justice; you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous. Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you. (Deuteronomy 16:19-20)
He swallows riches, but will vomit them up; God will expel them from his belly. (Job 20:15)
They spend their days in prosperity, and suddenly they down to Sheol [hell]. (Job 21:13)
Reading these makes me fear for those office workers and that lawyer. He had bragged to the orphanage administrator that he made $8000 on each adopted child.
This all helps me understand the struggle Bintu has had to found our education center, to file papers for nonprofit status in Congo, even to open our bank account. I am so grateful for her work and for the fights she has made to uphold justice on our behalf personally and on behalf of all the children and families we serve in the name of Jesus in Congo. Check out all the amazing things God is doing through her and her staff.
Because of Bintu, we were able to reveal to the agency what the lawyer was doing, and he no longer takes advantage of adopting families. Bintu helped the agency find an honest local lawyer to take up the cause of the orphans going to forever homes.
Thus has the Lord of hosts said, “Dispense true justice, and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother.” (Zechariah 7:9)
What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)