God’s Logic of Justice

Written by Joe Dardano

Justice in the way the world sees it goes something like this: Persons A lack food and shelter, so as a society we need to find a way to make that right. The wealthy can pay higher taxes to build homeless shelters, etc…Or here is another scenario: Persons B do not have equal access to education because of various socio-economic factors working against those people. Therefore, let us set up quotas to permit certain amount of people to face easier enrollment qualifications to offset the barriers acting against them. This type of social justice is found in the Bible too. We can cite the example of the Good Samaritan story in Luke 10. And there are a myriad of verses like Micah 6:8 and Psalm 82:3 that encourage believers to help those in need or those who have been wronged in some way. Jeremiah 22:3 is yet another example: “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.” Oddly enough, the Bible teaches us of another form of justice and, to the uneducated, it may seem like a strange twist on one’s understanding of human justice. We find this teaching in Matthew 25. In this chapter the Parable of the Talents teaches us that if you work with what God gives you to multiply and invest what you have, then you will be blessed. What God requires is that you have the faith to believe that when you take that leap of faith to work and invest, that the results will come. The justice in this lesson is reflected in this passage: “For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them” (Mat. 25:29). Here justice is given to the one who has that deep faith. If you dont have that faith, lack will follow. In the end, God renders justice to those who truly believe that if they go and multiply what they have, that God will bring increase.

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Joe Dardano

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