The Bible says to love justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. This is a beautiful statement but it leaves us with a profound question, “What is justice?” Perhaps justice is more than laws and rules, crime and punishment, fairness and unfairness. Perhaps Justice is something more. When we think about justice it is a collection of values and principles that interrelate and intersect. It is through doing and pursuing justice one is able to best understand it. When we are doing justice we are chasing after Christ. It is when we pursue Christ that we can start to understand what it means to love justly, love mercy, and walk humbly.
It is hard work pursuing justice. It takes knowledge, effort, courage, and patience. The reality is most of the justice issues of our day cannot be solves in our lifetime. That is a tough message for our world today but it is the reality of what it takes. In that sense justice is a lot like mountain climbing. We have mountains all around us, we have social mountains, financial mountains, and political mountains to name a few. These mountains dictate who we are known as and think. These devalue us not only as individuals but humanity as well. These mountains start to monetize human beings. Often we do not see the mountains that we face.
To be able to tackle the injustices we encounter in our world we need to keep in mind that justice is not just about facing mountains, justice is about the process and the journey. It is about being collaborative and ethical using the resources from those that have gone before us and utilizing the ideas of the ones to come. When we make Christ the center and the circumference of our being and our doing then we will know what is justice.
Sosamma Samuel-Burnett; Founder/President of G.L.O.B.A.L Justice
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