Written By Eddie Vines
Eddie Vines is a former Jefferson county Judge and currently serves as President of Faith Fortress Ministries
Today, it is common to hear the word “Justice”, particularly in politics. One application of the word is in the term “social justice”. Quite often, the groups that have this as their battle cry are not really seeking justice but rather a perfectly even distribution of property, wealth, or rights among the masses. One commentator described justice as treating others as you want to be treated. These definitions miss the mark because the first would be more likely to result in charity than justice and the second would make an individual’s desires the litmus test for whether or not he had received justice.
Unlike charity which compels us to give generously to others simply because they are our fellow human beings, justice requires the Christian to consistently give to others that which is due them. This is not as easy as it seems as it will require one to become thoroughly familiar with the biblical concept of justice and also learn enough about the individual to know what is right and just regarding a particular person in a particular situation.
It is because of this challenge that church benevolence committee members have a difficult job as they seek to first understand if their role contemplates charity or justice and then determine how their mission applies to individuals who come seeking assistance.
Many people today who clamor for justice do not even believe in biblical principles of right and wrong. Justice is intimately connected to the concept of right and wrong. The two are inseparable. If there is no fixed standard of morality to serve as a guide, then there can be no justice. Let us all search God’s word and seek his will as to how we can extend justice to our fellow man.