What Is Justice and Whom Is it For?

Several months ago there was a lot of rage and chaos in a number of American cities, due to the death of George Floyd. A portion of Minneapolis was left looking, quite literally, like a war zone. All this was done, supposedly, because of injustice. Strangely, Biden (by executive order) reversed an order of President Trump’s that targeted illegal sex offenders. And recently in Dixon, IL (not very far from the towns I grew up) a man was released from prison after doing only half his sentence. What was his crime? Molesting then killing a 1-year-old. Guess what? There have been no riots, burning of buildings, or outrage. There has not been any mass criticism of Democrat leaders who have made all this possible. Apparently, the raping of women and the molesting and killing of babies are not considered injustices. Even many of my family and Christian friends who were so outspoken in their criticism of Trump are irritatingly silent concerning the present administration and all of its lying, corruption, and injustice.

What exactly is injustice? And what triggers moral outrage that causes people to go completely nuts? Injustice? No, because such insanity only created more injustice. Besides, women are raped all the time and perpetrators are slapped on the hands. In 2015, a Stanford student sexually assaulted a girl who was unconscious at a party. More sympathy was given to the boy because, after all, he was young—and even had a swimming scholarship, for heaven’s sake! Was this not an injustice? But there was no major outrage. 

Child molesting is quite common, as well. Sadly, such perpetrators (like rapists) are often protected in prisons (is it not strange that even violent criminals recognize the heinousness of the raping and molesting of women and children while the courts and public do not?), then are released. Mind you, my point is not the condoning of violence against perpetrators, but calling out the lack of moral outrage against the assaults against women and children.

According to the online Merriam-Webster dictionary, injustice is defined as “absence of justice: violation of right or of the rights of another: UNFAIRNESS.” Is not the assaults against women and children violation of their rights, an absence of justice, and complete unfairness? Yet where is the outrage? Instead, you have persons belittling women: “Well, she should not have been at a party,” or “they should not dress provocatively.” But could you imagine this kind of reasoning in a murder case? “Well, he should not have been in Chicago!” or “He should not have worn a shirt that was offensive!” Or worse yet, “Don’t sentence him, he has a football scholarship!” None of these are justifiable grounds for taking another’s life. Such statements would be ludicrous and completely irrelevant.

Also in 2015 (although there are similar happenings in Chicago all the time), Kate Steinle was shot and killed. She was simply walking with her dad and a friend. Sympathy was given to the man who shot her. Why? The main reason was he was an illegal immigrant in a “sanctuary city.” Again, there was no major outcry. There were no riots or demands of justice by the populace.

Finally, what about human trafficking, which is impartial to gender, color, etc. This is slavery, and it is modern day. Yet, Hollywood with all its pretense of “moral outrage” against injustice knowingly turns a blind eye against the human trafficking taking place there. News networks skim over the issue. When athletes or team owners are busted, no one takes it to the streets or protests the teams (heaven forbid we interrupt the gods playing their games!). No one seems to care of any of Washington being involved. And no one who despises Trump would never even acknowledge his and his family’s fight against human trafficking! (Really? Hate a man so much one cannot even agree with him on this issue???) But so what? Right?

What is injustice, and whom is it for, exactly? Proverbs talks a lot about justice:

To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity. ~ Proverbs 1:2-3

Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity. ~ Proverbs 2:9

The wicked accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the ways of justice. ~ Proverbs 17:23

It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the righteous of justice. ~ Proverbs 18:5

For there to be justice, there must also be righteousness and equity, for it will not be apart from these. There must be a standard of true right and wrong. So many want to dismiss God’s standard, yet to do so creates more problems. After all God condemns murder, immorality, and racism, but some will say murder and racism are wrong, but with immorality they say “truth is relative. But if truth is relative in the case of immorality, why would it not be in the case of murder or racism too? As it it, righteousness does have an absolute standard. 

Justice must also be in connection with equity—it must be impartial. The color of a person’s color, gender, age, or wealth should not be part of the issue in regards to justice. Some were sympathetic to a white young male with a bright future, or a Hispanic in a sanctuary city, but not so much to a couple of girls who did not deserve what happened to them. Some were partial to a black man who was killed, but what about all the women and children of every color who are raped, molested, and killed? Are these less deserving of justice? If not, then why does the injustice against these trigger so little outrage?

When George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, the outrage is understandable. My wife and I were appalled by what happened to him. However, the rioting and destruction that followed in Minneapolis, Atlanta, Seattle, Dallas, etc. revealed a beast that really had nothing to do with either racism or injustice. If it did, then why is there not such outrage when a black woman is raped or a black child killed? If it did, then why is there not an outrage now that the doors are opened wide, inviting sex offenders, and the prison doors opened for a man who molested and killed a helpless baby? 

No, we cannot truly claim to want justice if we deny righteousness and true equity. For whom is justice for? Apparently anyone who is not a female or a child.