Real Justice for Us or the Oppressed?

Posted on November 19, 2015 in Justice

man in chainsWhy do we want justice?

God commands that we do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him. Real justice, His way. And that’s reason enough.

In her book Deepening the soul for Justice, Bethany Hoang of the International Justice Mission asserts that justice itself can be turned into a commodity for consumption by the people who pursue it. It can become a “movement” that rises fast and falls even faster because it’s fueled by human passion, not by love for God.

Hoang goes on to say that when people make justice a commodity it’s an indication that those pursuing it do so for their own self-actualization, rather than for the benefit of those who need to be rescued from injustice.

It’s hard enough to do justice and love mercy when you submit yourself to God as best you can, as much as your maturity and understanding enables.

If we make it about ourselves, our own peace and security, we set ourselves up to fall into pride. That we’re the good guys.

Voices from the Middle East are asking why we Westerners don’t rally to support the Middle East victims of terror attacks. Is it a matter of out of sight, out of mind? Do we have the mentality of “they’re just killing each other?”

Hasn’t that same attitude operated here at home concerning urban violence, intra-racial crime, and a myriad of “us vs. them” issues?

God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble.

It plays out every day, for all to see.