The concept of justice has been at the forefront of many of our minds recently. It has filled social media feeds and news stories. Many people have different perceptions of justice, each one screaming that their view is indeed the correct one, which has led me to consult God’s view of justice more and more.
Here are just a few examples of what the Bible has to say about justice.
“For the Lord is righteous,
he loves justice;
the upright will see his face.” Psalm 11:7 (NIV)
“This is what the Lord says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.” Jeremiah 22:3 (NIV)
“ who [God] executes justice for the oppressed,
who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the sojourners;
he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.” Psalm 146:7-9 (ESV)
Because our God is just and righteous, he cares about what happens to us. He has called his people to act justly and to look out for the least of these. And the Bible makes clear that he abhors wickedness and evil.
Today I am praying for:
- Our criminal justice system
- God’s true, perfect, and restorative justice to be done
- Greed, unjust practices, and corruption would be rooted out of our justice system
What does “doing justice” mean to you?
What is God saying to you?