As I was working through family heirlooms recently inherited, I found this booklet entitled "Royal Service" dated March 2-6, 1942. It has my Grandma's name on the mailing envelope, but no stamp. It appears to be a Bible study book to do together as a group or as the leader of the group.
I pondered just why this one booklet survived for 80 years! Why was this one kept? Did it mention her or other family members within? This had become a common occurrence with documents as I read through them looking for why the document was kept and who it pertained. In this one there are a lot of names of authors, but I found no reference to any family. What did she find so important that she kept this book?
While carefully combing through this booklet, I came across the study on injustice. It really 'hit home' for me and I thought it was very well written. There is much wisdom to be found in those printed words, both Biblically related and the mere defining thereof of the words 'justice' and 'injustice.' This writing is enlightening as to all of the types of injustice.
I observed history repeating itself. Of course, in just a few short years Grandpa would be in battle in Europe in World War II and history needs no detailing of the injustices found in that war. This booklet seems to impart so much wisdom to help Americans come to grips with the purpose for all of the troubles families endured.
Ever since May 25, 2020, George Floyd's death has sparked a surge across the country regarding injustice. Here it is 2022 and I am reading from before World War II about injustice. Seeing World War II from new eyes, with the perspective of today as a lens, I see the injustices of 1942 in a whole new light in relation to the war and the times. I am at a loss for what to think as I watch reality t.v. shows and other television programs that have a focus on being "woke" as people of color attempt to describe their experiences. Those attempts are clarified in the pages of this article. Here in 2022 I am mesmerized by the war in Ukraine by the hand of Russia. There is not enough words to describe the injustices we are witnessing on our screens.
I believe injustice of one form or another has always existed among humans and will always continue to exist among humans. It is sin and that 'is what it is.' We shall continue to try our best to break the trends and the wrongdoings. We grow better in some areas and yet new areas arise for the tackling.
I was at first baffled by the use of the words "royal service." As I looked into it further, I realized it is a service to our God who is the King of Kings. The publication is by the Southern Baptist Church and I found it in online archives, so if you want to read other issues, they are available.
To read the below on injustice, please put on the lens of time. It is required to read the below for what it is, loosing your sensitivies, as you realize some injustices that our world has for the most part corrected or at least come a long way in correcting.
Posted April 28, 2022