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April 21, 2012 / Pastor George Fike

Do justly…


– 2nd of 4 posts –

He has shown you, O man, what is good;

And what does the Lord require of you

But to do justly, To love mercy,

And to walk humbly with your God? 

Micah 6:8 (NKJV)

“Let true justice prevail, so you may live and occupy the land that the LORD your God is giving you.” Deuteronomy 6:20 (NLT)

jus·tice   [juhs-tis]  noun

1. the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness: to uphold the justice of a cause.
2. rightfulness or lawfulness, as of a claim or title; justness of ground or reason: to complain with justice.
3. the moral principle determining just conduct.
4. conformity to this principle, as manifested in conduct; just conduct, dealing, or treatment.
5. the administering of deserved punishment or reward. (source: dictionary.com)
I have been bombarded today by news reports of countless people crying out for justice.  And these are just the few outcries that manage to make the headlines, blogs or tweets on the WWW.  Imagine the groans heard around the world just today, victims longing for justice – their bodies often broken, their families crumbling, their spirits withering.  If I were God, it would drive me mad.  Thank God I’m not God.  Fortunately He is big enough to handle the outcry.
… I saw under the altar the souls of all who had been martyred for the word of God and for being faithful in their testimony.  They shouted to the Lord and said, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?”  Then a white robe was given to each of them. And they were told to rest a little longer…  Revelation 6:9-11 (NLT)
“Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”  Genesis 18:25 (NIV)
Knowing we have a righteous judge Who will ultimately do what is right – in every instance and ultimately for all time – we have great assurance that we can handle our light and momentary afflictions because God will not waste any of our heartaches.  But our faith in His ultimate justice also compels us to seek it for others.  But just as a coin has two sides – heads and tails – justice has two arenas: the victim side and perpetrator side.
Consider the following statement from a March 7, 2012 report on mysa.com:
(The judge) said the resolution was “imperfect justice.” He said perfect justice would be “at the instant you are sentenced you disappear and (the victim) reappears … and enjoys the rest of her life.”
We watch cops-and-robbers shows on TV and live for the final resolution where the bad guy dies in a gunfight with the good guy, or at the very least, gets winged in the shoulder with the good cop saying, “Do you feel lucky, punk?”  Yet justice is bittersweet without remedy for the victims of injustice.
The call of God is not for us to walk around looking for bullies to punish; it is for us to look for victims who need healing and protection. If we choose to see justice as a reactive force, we will fail to see the benefits of proactive service.  Unrequited victims grow silent; but are we looking for those who have long ago given up seeking eye contact?  Are we injecting ourselves into the environments that breed victimization, to be a buffer or a champion?
– more to come –
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