Can we right injustice?

Raise your hand if you feel yourself to be the victim of injustice…

Identify the guilty party and seat them in the chair opposite your own…

Please state clearly the remedy you believe this injustice requires the guilty party to furnish…

Switch chairs, start the process again…

There is a reason God is the final judge and we are commanded not to condemn. We cry out for justice, but we’d better be very careful in the ways we imagine justice is fulfilled by our own hands.

Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends.
J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord Of the Rings, Book Four, Chapter One

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2 Responses to Can we right injustice?

  1. Nate says:

    What about fighting for the dignity and well-being of another? Certainly, God would not have us stand idly, indifferent to suffering, allowing those in power to oppress while we wait for God’s ultimate judgment.

    And “judge not” has to be carefully considered even in cases of self-defense. Would God prefer that we allow someone to harm us without resistance? With “non-violent” resistance only?

    I guess I agree with the statement “we’d better be careful.” But sin includes both wrongful action and wrongful INaction.

  2. paulvk says:

    Passages like Isaiah 58 and many others express what you say. Inaction, lack of concern for the weak, the alien, the powerless is condemnable. Speaking on behalf and lending assistance to the poor and the powerless can be an indicator of a heart close to God. It is interesting to note in the parable of the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25 that both groups were unaware of their conduct. The goats did not set out to ignore the hungry or the prisoner and the sheep seemingly did not set out to provide food, clothing and community. Something central to both of their lives motivated the activity (or inactivity) that expressed God’s concern for the poor.

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