God’s word has a lot to say about justice. One verse specifically says the Lord requires us, “to do justice”. But what does this actually mean?
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
How do we do what is good? “He has told you, O man what is good; and what does the Lord require of you”
The answer is in Scripture, the ultimate authority.
What is required of us? “do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
We love when people show us kindness and we should love showing others kindness as well. If we walk humbly with God, remembering His kindness towards us (John 3:16) although we did not deserve it (Eph 2:8-9), it become easier to be kind to others when they do not deserve it and to actively love others. The Gospel when understood, will produce humility, a love for kindness, and a desire to do justice. So what is doing justice? It is simply loving your neighbor.
Justice is a legal term, and most of us think of justice as giving someone what they deserve. Usually, in some form of punishment and injustice is when that punishment is given to the wrong person or the punishment does not fit the crime. This is the typical view of justice, but the biblical view of justice is much deeper.
Doing justice in the bible is to love and love is an action.
Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place. For if you will indeed obey this word, then there shall enter the gates of this house kings who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their servants and their people. But if you will not obey these words, I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that this house shall become a desolation. Jeremiah 22:3-5
Scripture gives some great example of what doing justice is and what it looks like.
” deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.”
Doing justice is helping those who are being oppressed and robbed, it’s caring enough to help them. It is protecting and valuing the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, it is caring enough to get involved in helping them. It is helping to stop the shedding of innocent blood.
Murdering babies in the womb, is one of the greatest tragedies and injustices or our time, doing justice is to care enough about this to do something to help stop it. It is injustice that most of us put more effort into being entertained and getting our own children to their sport events than we do in stopping bloodshed of our unborn neighbors that are made in God’s image. Be a voice for the voiceless, don’t continue ignoring this injustice.
“I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them. Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. (Amos 5:21-24 ESV)