Justice league

March 4, 2016

thinking over feeling

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

— Genesis 1:27 NIV

 

 

Our desire for justice reflects the image of our Creator.

 

What is it about injustice—about seeing one person prosper at the expense of another or seeing certain people denied rights that are enjoyed by others—that strikes such a universal chord in the human heart? Chalk it up to our internal wiring.

 

In the creation story of Genesis, we find a remarkable statement: “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (1:27).

 

The human race bears the likeness of the Creator. We possess, in finite form, many of his qualities. His priorities are wound into our DNA. Nowhere is this more evident than in our desire for justice.

 

Proverbs 11:1 says, “The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him.” In Old Testament times, most commerce relied on weights and measures. People paid or traded goods based on volume or weight. Unscrupulous merchants found ways to rig their scales in order to extract more money from people, much to the Lord’s displeasure.

 

God detests—that is, he hates—any system that is rigged or unfairly designed to favor one group over another, whether it’s found in business, politics, the law or society in general. The existence of such systems offends his just nature.

 

“For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing” (Isaiah 61:8). “Wrongdoing” includes any form of injustice, including personal bias and discrimination. Those are the things that trigger God’s hatred—and should trigger ours.

 

When injustice stirs up feelings of righteous anger in us—when we’re driven to action by the sight of someone being excluded or singled out unfairly or by stories of institutional bias or the abuse of power—we are owning and embracing God’s likeness in our lives.

Micah 6:8 The Lord God has told us what is right and what he demands: “See that justice is done, let mercy be your first concern, and humbly obey your God.”

Let’s always remember to be obedient to all three commands, and if we do the first two in humility we won’t’ screw things up.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

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