Simply Christian: Justice For All

“You don’t have to teach a child about fairness and unfairness. A sense of justice comes with the kit of be-ing human. We know about it, as we say, in our bones.”

This quote, from N.T. Wright in Simply Christian, rooted in my mind. Justice is deep in my bones. It is deep in all our bones. What it means to do right is programmed into the DNA of human beings. Each of us starts out with right and wrong radar from the very beginning.

Summarizing far to broadly Wright’s argument, he concludes one of the main reasons we lose site of justice is we forget the larger picture as we focus only on ourselves. When we move from the fair/unfair model we grew up with on the play yard, to what is best for me now and lose sight of what justice for all looks like.

We remember Amos 5:24 “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” But we forget Amos 5: 11-13, “Therefore, because you trample on the poor and take from them levies of grain, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not live in them; you have planted pleasant vine-yards, but you shall not drink their wine. For I know how many are your transgressions, and how great are your sins— you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and push aside the needy in the gate. Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time; for it is an evil time.” The people of God pursued their own endeavors and did not care for the needy and the hungry. Instead they made big houses and planted large beautiful gardens. This was not an isolated incident, God’s people did this all throughout the Old and New Testament: they for-got justice for all and began to think about self-advancement, self-improvement, or selfishness, another word for sin.

The longer we live, if we do not daily spend time praying about having eyes to see God’s justice, the harder it becomes to see what is fair. The easier it be-comes to see what is best for us, and that far too often is not justice. To be Simply Christian we must be about justice, about fairness for all.

So what? Where do you see injustice in Royston today? Where do you see unfairness today? Where do you see the people of God, God’s church needed the most? When you see it, injustice, let the leadership of RBC know so we can aid you and, “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

For the Kingdom,
Jonathan Barlow