Doug Hutchcraft on Why We Care So Much About Justice

On the news or social media, you can’t miss it: people young and old, regardless of political affiliation or financial situation, in disbelief about an awful tragedy.

You won’t find any shortage of commentary about it. I can’t help but process this through my own experience — listening to people with hearts that have been broken. My desire is to try to respond with God’s perspective. My dad Ron puts it powerfully: “Since 9/11 I have prayed during shocking moments in the news: ‘Lord, help me see and feel what You see and feel here.'”

I haven’t experienced injustice in the same way so many have. My wife is Native American, and I’ve lived on a reservation. It’s plain to see the issue of injustice greatly affects anyone who’s in a minority. I have seen up close and personal the pain caused by injustice.

There seems to be something inside us that recoils at injustice — whether it’s clergy abuse, abuse of women and children, special legal treatment for powerful people, or unheralded injustices at our work or school. Or certainly one involving a deadly, violent incident.

There’s a reason for our heart’s recoil. It’s a reflection of God’s heart and we’re created in His image. God has wired us this way. Our hearts crying out for justice are a reflection of His own heart that cries out for the same. The cry is not a political one, but a holy one.

God has rooted caring about justice in our hearts. This was displayed in Jesus’ time on earth — how He treated people, defying sexism, racism and favoritism. According to His Word, everybody is “His workmanship” (Ephesians 2:10) and lovingly “formed in their mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13). When we see that workmanship being wronged, it arouses the heart God wired us with: the cry for justice to be done.

God’s heart about injustice is in the book of Isaiah. His people were doing worship and good deeds without doing justice. The rich were exploiting the poor. The people lifted their hands to worship God but their hands were stained with blood (Isaiah 58:59; 1:15, 21). God could not answer their prayers because their sins hid His face from them. By ignoring justice, their “holy” actions were worthless to Him!

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Doug Hutchcraft