Greg Garner on What Justice Is and Isn’t

Epitomized in the dying words of George Floyd, “I can’t breathe” is perhaps a proclamation from a society’s waning consciousness. A dying man’s desperate plea and mournful call for Justice herself, gasping for breath, praying that someone, anyone will step in. Stand up. Speak out.

It is said that Lady Justice is blind. I wonder if she is also deaf. I wonder if we have mistakenly assumed responsibility for this noble principle. But Justice is not ours to hold or to define. Justice does not originate from ivory towers of intellectual thought or deep wood-grained courtrooms. It does not reside under the banner of one political party; but rather, flows from the heart of a perfect God who is the sole standard for Justice. Justice and love are synonymous. Justice is as much of a concern of our Heavenly Father’s as is love or mercy. And much like our God is full and overflowing with grace, so too should be our Justice.

Tragically, there are instances in this country where our sense of justice is blinded by our sin. That our politics or ideologies outpace our compassion and personal opinions outweigh our love. Micah reminds us as Believers:

“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:6-8, ESV)

James continues this thought centuries later challenging those who profess Christ with their mouths but deny Him by their actions. “Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.” What we see today in our world is indeed the direct consequence of sin. That the solution to our sin problem is not more training, better education or legislation. Paul states in his letter to the Roman church, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

Jesus is our singular hope. Our only hope. He is the cure and remedy for our sin. The cure for the hate that intertwines our heart, the racism affecting our minds, the selfish desires fueling our actions.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Greg Garner

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