James 4:17 (The Message) In fact, if you know the right thing to do and don’t do it, that, for you, is evil.
You should never seek the truth if you are not going to act upon what you know.
Christians are notorious for sticking their heads in the sand and refusing to act upon the truth and revelation that they have received. They go under the false assumption that love hides “sin”. It doesn’t. It is one thing to cover something that has been exposed, dealt with openly, and then love is applied in proper restoration. It is entirely another to use “love” as an excuse to not do the hard thing.
The law (truth) of God exposed the sin in mankind first. Let me repeat that, the law of God exposed the sin so that it might be dealt with in Christ. Adam and Eve tried to first cover their own sin, but God would not allow it. God did not first “hide” our sin, He exposed it with truth, and then offered both redemption and covering of that sin…once properly acknowledged and dealt with.
James makes this powerful statement concerning our knowledge of truth and refusing to do the right thing with it. His wording cuts right to the heart, “…for you that is evil.” For you and I to know the right thing to do and not do it is evil. To bury our head in the sand and ignore sinful situations is evil. To know the righteous thing to do and not do it is evil.
To go along with an injustice is the same as committing it.