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Justice – or is it?
I find justice to be a very abstract concept and one which I think we fail to fully grasp much of the time.
We are, after all, living in a fallen world.
We are, after all, sinful at heart.
How then can we truly measure out justice when anger and a blood-thirsty desire for revenge threaten to overcome us at any moment?
I am so glad that laws are made through discussion in an environment far away from the cold, hard edge of reality. A place where men and women can discuss dispassionately the moral rights and wrongs of a crime without being tainted a personal desire for vengeance.
However, how can we decide on a just penalty for a crime if we don’t understand the emotional, physical and mental impact of that crime.
It’s a dichotomy I have never quite been able to get my head around and it show how difficult it is to find justice in a world of sin.
I am relieved though that laws are not made on the spot by men and women in the community. If it were up to our law enforcement agencies to make the rules as they went along, then I am sure that ‘justice’ would be found down the barrel of a gun by a men caught up in the adrenaline and emotion of the moment way too often.
What is justice? How can we, who are hurt, find an answer which is truly just?
It amazes me that we have a God who is a God of justice, one who is truly just and at the same time one against whom more sin has been committed than we can ever fathom. Yet he, as just as he is, sent his one and only son to die in our place so that in that moment when we are standing before the judgement seat of the one who is ultimately just, we will simultaneously be standing in front of the mercy seat of the same God, the one who loves us and is ready to lavish forgiveness on us through Jesus Christ.
When we go out seeking justice, are we as merciful and loving as the God who has foregone justice to bring us mercy, forgiveness and ever lasting life?
…. I wonder….