Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of justice. The word usually brings to mind images of law enforcement officers, courts, and “justice being served”. It remains an abstract idea that sits in the back of our minds without much practical application outside of law enforcement. In reality, justice is so much more.
In Micah 6:8 (ESV), we are called to “do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with [our] God”. It stands to reason that when God asks us to “do justice,” He’s not implying that we should all go into the field of law enforcement. There must be a component of justice that we are to apply in our everyday lives.
The key is to look at justice in the context of kindness and humility. Why would God require these three specific traits in His followers? In what ways do these concepts interact? Each of these concepts has a focus centered on others. We are called to lay aside our own ambitions, bear one another’s burdens, and treat those around us with kindness— putting them before ourselves.
“Doing justice” is an integral part of our calling to service. Simply put, we are called to do what is right and to rectify that which is wrong (or unjust). In order to do this, we must be willing to humble ourselves. When we come across someone who is stuck in the mire of injustice, we cannot turn a blind eye. We must be willing to walk alongside them in humility, putting their needs above our own. We are called to kindness. Not only should we walk alongside them, we should consider their burden our own.
We are called to justice. This means not only walking together and lightening burdens, but actually making effort to lift each other from the mire.
“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression, bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”
This means defending those who need defense, providing for those who need provision, and advocating for those whose voices are repressed.
Bringing justice to the oppressed is such a vital role in the kingdom of God. It is hope that we cling to as Christians— that one day, all that is wrong will be made right. This is why the issue of human trafficking strikes me so deeply. Our brothers and sisters are trapped in this slavery, many without the hope that a relationship with Christ will bring. It is my heartfelt prayer and desire that through the pursuit of justice, God would work within His people to bring a piece of His kingdom to earth. That through His followers, the Lord would bring hope to those struggling through this terrible form of affliction, and that through this hope, these survivors would see the Light of the world.
As Amos 5:24 says, “Let justice roll down like the waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”
Until next time,