Justice From the Source

 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.

Source: Perspectives

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.

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