Darrow Miller and Friends

The Justice God Requires

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Here in Arizona, we live with the reality of the dry wash, a stream bed that is bone dry most of the year but floods after a desert monsoon. This reminds me of Amos 5:24, But let justice roll on like a river and, and righteousness like a never ending stream.

Amos, the shepherd of Tekoa, was called to prophecy at a time when Israel was prosperous. Their economy, political environment and military were all strong. But the people of Israel became complacent and a moral and spiritual bankruptcy ensued.

God will condemn wealth and power that is gained at the expense of others. Religious fervor and large assemblies don’t impress God; His desire is justice and righteousness among his people.

When a nation’s righteousness and justice ebb and flow like an Arizona stream bed, God is not pleased. He demands of his people a justice and righteousness like a never ending stream.  Plants and animals struggle to survive in the desert, but they flourish where the water runs deep and  free all year long. So too,  human beings waste away in a climate of wickedness and corruption, but they thrive in a culture of integrity and justice.

May our worship of the God who is True, Good, and Beautiful, produce lives and societies that create corresponding cultures. Then people and nations will flourish.

– Darrow Miller

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Darrow is co-founder of the Disciple Nations Alliance and a featured author and teacher. For over 30 years, Darrow has been a popular conference speaker on topics that include Christianity and culture, apologetics, worldview, poverty, and the dignity of women. From 1981 to 2007 Darrow served with Food for the Hungry International (now FH association), and from 1994 as Vice President. Before joining FH, Darrow spent three years on staff at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland where he was discipled by Francis Schaeffer. He also served as a student pastor at Northern Arizona University and two years as a pastor of Sherman Street Fellowship in urban Denver, CO. In addition to earning his Master’s degree in Adult Education from Arizona State University, Darrow pursued graduate studies in philosophy, theology, Christian apologetics, biblical studies, and missions in the United States, Israel, and Switzerland. Darrow has authored numerous studies, articles, Bible studies and books, including Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Culture (YWAM Publishing, 1998), Nurturing the Nations: Reclaiming the Dignity of Women for Building Healthy Cultures (InterVarsity Press, 2008), LifeWork: A Biblical Theology for What You Do Every Day (YWAM, 2009), Rethinking Social Justice: Restoring Biblical Compassion (YWAM, 2015), and more. These resources along with links to free e-books, podcasts, online training programs and more can be found at Disciple Nations Alliance (https://disciplenations.org).