Justice

Jane Olson

READ : Romans 12:14-21

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (v. 21)

There is a great debate in legal and philosophical circles about the nature of justice.
The ancients defined justice as giving others their due. Modern theories of justice often
talk about fairness and equality.

Micah 6:8 says, “And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love
kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” God calls us to be agents of his justice on
earth. But doing this requires deep, prayerful humility. Christian justice has no place
for vengeance, self-righteousness, or “getting even.” Instead, justice requires us to seek
the good of others, even those who have wronged us. And though that may still require us
to take legal action against wrong-doing, we are called to do it in a spirit of love and
mercy.

For decades, Sister Helen Prejean, subject of the film Dead Man Walking, has counseled
both death-row inmates and the families of their victims. In her work, she has accompanied
six condemned prisoners to their deaths. She does it, she says, so that these human beings
can see a loving face at the moment of their death – a reminder of the One who loves
them, despite the terrible things they have done.

Christian justice does not mean turning a blind eye to wrong-doing; it means looking at
those who have committed injustice with eyes of love – a love that hates the sin, while
still loving the sinner.

PRAYER

Lord, teach me to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with you.