1 And he told them a parable, to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor regarded man; 3 and there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Vindicate me against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will vindicate her, or she will wear me out by her continual coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will vindicate them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Luke 18:1 -8
Here is a woman who needs her cause avenged. But the judge doesn’t care. We are not told why he is so heartless. Perhaps he wants a bribe, or her adversary is his friend, whatever the reason he cares nothing for her misery. Powerful men often have no reason to fear, for they truly are above the law. There is no recourse against such men. Yet she persist.
Such men have always looked the other way when God’s people are suffering. They have no interest in helping or saving these bothersome people. So these persecutors have gone unpunished for centuries. Rome with her games at the Colosseum where Believers were used in blood sport for the amusement of the pagan crowds, the Church of Rome with its INQUISITION, the Muslim hordes still continue to persecute God’s people, as well as the Communist nations, and many smaller groups, none of these have ever paid for the abuse of God’s people.
Our Judge seems to be just as uncaring as this unrighteous one in the parable. For two thousand years His people have not been avenged. We used to remember and pray for vengeance for those brave saints who came before us. They faced fire, dungeons, and swords, to pass the faith on to us. Yet they have received no vindication.
they cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before thou wilt judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell upon the earth?” Rev. 6:10
Because we do not know our own history we no longer honor the people who stood up for their faith. We no longer stand up and speak out against false doctrine, corrupt government, and false faith. It has now become, “I’m OK you’re OK kind” of world, “lets just go along, to get along”. We are full of these false non-Biblical platitudes, “All roads lead to heaven,” “God loves everybody,” we are all God’s children,” “God wouldn’t condemn anyone,” “we make our own hell here on earth.” Lost is the pledge “we will be true to Thee till death.”
According to this parable apparently the Lord’s measures of our faith is how well we have remembered the martyrs, and how well have we continued to fight the good fight.
Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
We have forgotten their cause, we have forgotten their fight.