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Richard’s Blog 22/01/2014

In November someone ran into our car on a roundabout in Beverley. Our expectation was that this would be a fairly simple case and that we would not lose out. Unfortunately, the other party had a friend of hers in a car behind her.

Together they colluded and misrepresented the events to the insurance company. They presented her friend as an ‘associate’, since both of them were heading to the swimming club with their children, and thus she was an independent witness. The result was that the other driver won the case, even though she had caused the accident, and, short of going to court, there is nothing we can do about it.

This leaves one with a sense of injustice. As Christians, we have forgiven them and blessed them as we know that to do otherwise would only do damage to ourselves, but there is still a sense of having been wronged which we need to get over.

In a fallen world, there is much injustice. Our minor case is nothing compared to what some have to face on a daily basis – I think of the poor and the outcasts of the world who are often the victims of circumstances and are powerless to do anything about it. I also think of the Christians of this world who are suffering persecution and death on a daily basis for the sake of the gospel. In this country, it takes a Muslim peer (baroness Warsi) to take a stand on their behalf! Given all the privileges and freedom I have in comparison with such Christians, I have nothing to complain about really.

I would encourage you, when you feel a sense of injustice because someone has treated you badly, or has victimised you in some way, to forgive them, bless them and then think about those who are suffering more than you. It puts everything in perspective and is an opportunity to pray for others. God will bring all injustice to light ultimately. In the meantime, his grace and his love is there for the victims of injustice and you and I can be the means of them receiving that.

God bless

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