One thing that really annoys me is when something happens and an arbitrator hears one side of the story and decides punishment for the crime before hearing the other’s side of the story. I remember that happening to my older daughter in grade school. Something happened between her and another child on the playground and the other child got to the principal first. Without hearing Joyce’s side of the story, the principal determined a punishment for my daughter. I thought it unbelievable that a principal would do such a thing and went in to talk to her about the unfairness of it. That was my first experience with an unjust judge.
It is now some 30 years later and the very same thing is happening where I work. This time to grown-ups! People are being accused of wrongdoing and are not being asked their side of the story. Sequential write-ups of unsubstantiated misbehaviors are placed in human resource folders without a hearing until the magic number is met for termination. I have seen this happen repeatedly over the past 6 months since I had the tactic done to me. Yesterday it happened to a good friend of mine AND they fired her over the phone!
Jesus tells a parable of an unjust judge in Luke 18: 1-7. A poor widow has a dispute that needs to be settled, but does not have the money to bribe the judge to hear her case. So instead she simply pesters him, follows him, seeks him out to implore him to listen to her every chance she gets until one day he grants her request simply so she will let him alone. This is a parable Jesus told in order to teach Christians to pray and not give up
7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. Luke 18:7-8a
And so, I keep praying for justice for the dozens who have been treated unjustly and terminated at the hospital where I used to work. Hospital administrators have gone from unjust, but civil, termination to unjust termination by speaker phone. In my opinion, termination by speaker phone is unconscionable. If God opens the window of opportunity, I am ready to rally a human rights violation. I am persistently praying, not because I think God needs reminded of our situation here on the ground, but to keep me focused. He is working, working, working for all of us. I can feel Him by our side. I can see His mighty hand in all of this and I so don’t want to miss a moment, so I am…
Persistently praying as I walk with Him this Wednesday,