Larry Hollon shared this a few days ago:
Those in the Christian community do not inherit belief in justice from the writings of the state, we inherit justice from God.
1: Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him, he will bring forth justice to the nations.
2: He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street;
3: a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.
4: He will not fail or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law.
(Isaiah 42:1-4, RSV)
When we deny justice, we deny who we are, and whose we are; and, I fear, we turn away from our Creator.
I am reminded of a commercial for a new tv series, where the actor says , “If you want truth, pray, but if you want justice, hire me”, and I thought, “not quite.” The two terms are intertwined. Justice is not a function of the state. The state can surely attempt, and rightfully so, to work for equity and protection of its citizens, which is related to justice, but JUSTICE is a ultimately a theological reality, fundamentally related to the Kingdom of God Jesus proclaimed. It is not a “secular concept” separate from that of truth. It is something of a working on relationships based on truth.
Here’s a case , I think, where the term “justice” has been hijacked by liberal democratic “dogma” and separated from its theological roots.
When I saw that commercial, I was reminded of having read this post of Larry’s. Knowing “Whose we are” awakens us to the deep connectedness we share with all. we are Citizens of the World.