Jesus and the Parable of the Unjust Judges: Pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act!

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of 5 to 4, has invalidated an integral part of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, states are moving quickly to pass a range of voter suppression laws.

Voters wait in long lines to exercise their right to vote

Depressing? Enraging? You betcha.

Fortunately, Jesus knows exactly what we should do.

In the parable of the Unjust Judge (Luke 18:1-8), Jesus taught the disciples not only not to lose heart in the face of gross injustice, but also how to be effective in getting around unjust judges.

Jesus taught that once there was a judge “who neither feared God nor had respect for people.”  A widow “kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’”  But the judge refused.

But the widow kept coming back and coming back and coming back and pretty soon the judge caved “because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice so she may not wear me out by continually coming.”

Republicans have voted to repeal Obamacare 36 times.  It seems like every time Speaker Boehner gavels the House into session (not that often, frankly), the House votes to repeal Obamacare.

Every time the Senate convenes, the new Voting Rights Act, now being called the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, should come up for a vote.  Again and again, over and over, the Senate should just act like the importunate widow and bring up the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.

Jesus asks, “Will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry out to him day and night?”

God will.

When we #Occupy this parable, we can see there’s only one way to get around the actions of unjust judges.

Be annoying. Be persistent.  Act like a widow and get it done.







About Susan Thistlethwaite

I am President Emerita and Professor Emerita of Chicago Theological Seminary; I write for the public here and in local papers. I am interested in what I call "public theology," or how deeper meaning is made and contested in the public square.
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