Justice For All
It is a great concept—Justice for all. As Paul says, “For there is no respect of persons with God,” and there should not be any with us either (Romans 2:11). The cry for justice erupts from the pages of Scripture repeatedly. Jacob demands justice because Laban changed his “wages ten times.” Although he was beaten at his own game as a shyster, Jacob’s cry for justice was answered as “God suffered him not to hurt” him (Genesis 31:7). Esther arranged the second dinner party and she is poised to call for justice. At the king’s invitation, she pleads for her life and the life of her people. Justice is served as “the adversary and enemy this wicked Haman” is hauled away to the gallows (Esther 7:6).
It has been said, “Let your love of justice be exceeded only by your love of mercy,” and this is what you find in Christ’s ministry. The religious leaders were consumed with justice, but they forgot the other three parts of pleasing God, “Do justly, and to love mercy, And to walk humbly with thy God” (Micah 6:8). Someone else said, “Always seek justice, but love only mercy. To love justice and hate mercy is but a doorway to more injustice.” After the spectacle of tearing open the roof, the paralytic man’s friends lower him before Jesus. Justice had been served in the religious leaders’ minds. This man was afflicted because of his sin or sin in his family. Then Jesus shatters their justice system when he says, “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee” (Mark 2:5). What about justice? “They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Mark 2:17).
Remember as you cry for Justice, she who answers to that name bears the doubled edged sword. “And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God” (Romans 2:3)? Every one of us stands guilty in one way or another. Jacob challenges Laban without knowing he was not entirely blameless in the situation since Rachel had taken her father’s idols. Esther most likely earned her way into the palace with less than virtuous actions. The same religious leaders who condemned a helpless paralytic and an ostracized tax collector had after their hard and impenitent heart treasured up “wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds” (Romans 2:5–6).
We do need justice and it is our government’s divinely appointed responsibility to uphold it. However, “in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ,” your salvation is “built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness” (Romans 2:16).
“Not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith” (Philippians 3:9).
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