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.

Our Desperate Need for Wisdom

We, as a people, are in desperate need for wisdom. Our nation is so divided and wounded, yet we continue to behave like a bunch of monkeys flinging poo at one another, then wonder why we are in such a filthy, stinking mess.

Wisdom does not just happen. That is, persons are not simply born “wise.” Furthermore, wisdom is more than simply being smart or correct. There is an abundance of intellectual, sophisticated fools. Washington, Hollywood, and universities give ample evidence of this. Authentic wisdom is substantial and produces certain results.

Consider, and take the following words of James to heart, and think through the applications and consider what is going on in the world around us.

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.  But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. ~ James 3:13-18

At first read it would appear as if James is talking about two kinds of wisdom, but he is not. He is describing what true wisdom is versus what is falsely so called. Notice, authentic wisdom is substantial in character. The truly wise are good in conduct and meek in spirit. Whereas the false wisdom of the age is bitter, jealous, and filled with selfish ambition.

Now, consider the effects, or results, of these. False wisdom is also false to the truth, and is earthly, unspiritual—even demonic. No wonder it produces disorder and every vile practice. Authentic wisdom, on the other hand, is pure, peaceable, gentle, open to reason, merciful, impartial (just), and sincere. True wisdom produces righteousness and peace.

What are we witnessing today? Do we see civility and reasonable discourse? Certainly not! We see constant mudslinging and strife by persons and groups hellbent on getting their own way, disregarding what is beneficial to the whole. Truth is trampled on and mocked, although we talk about love, peace, and unity. Yet, even genuine love is:

Is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-6

Did you catch that? Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Our society constantly applauds lying politicians and news outlets that withhold or distort the truth—so long as they promote our ideas and agendas. No matter whose reputations or lives are ripped asunder. And we wonder why our nation is in the wretched state she is in?

Going back to wisdom, before James talked about wisdom and the falsely so called, earlier he writes,

Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. ~ James 1:19-20

Then, later James writes,

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! ~ James 1:1-4

Does this not sound like a description of our country and our world? We are in desperate need of wisdom. But how can we begin to attain it? Before discrediting what I am about to share, consider this: are our methods helping matters? Do our methods not injure a lot of people—even the innocent—and further promote more injustices? Many of us are “wise in our own eyes,” but we are not wise, my friends. This is clearly made evident by the results of our actions. So then, how are we to attain wisdom?

Let the wise hear and increase in learning. ~ Proverbs 1:5

First, we must step back and be willing to listen and to learn.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. ~ Proverbs 1:7

It is astonishing to me how our society mocks the Christian faith relentlessly, then wonders how our government, schools, and communities are in the conditions they are in. If one mocks or denies love, faithfulness, truth, peacefulness, life, and the like, then he opens himself to hatred, betrayal, deception, strife, death, and the like. This is not rocket science, but it is amazing how such simplicity is overlooked.

My friends, I am showing the way of hope. The principles I am sharing not only work, but are secured on the solid foundation of truth. God offers us His wisdom and Himself; yet, if we continue to resist and reject Him, then we must also suffer the consequences of the law of cause and effect.

“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you. ~ Proverbs 1:22-23

Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices. For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.” ~ Proverbs 1:29-33

Our scoffing at God and hating the knowledge of Him has not benefited us at all. So why do we hold so tightly to these?

The Relevance of Christianity

There are some who claim that “Christianity needs to change” and that biblical teachings are “outdated and irrelevant.” However, neither of these claims are correct. It is not Christianity that needs to change; rather, sinful, unbelieving hearts are what need to change by the regenerating and transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, if people actually believed the dire predicament of the human condition and the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, and truly put into practice the teachings of Jesus (without “tweaking” them according to their own preferences), there is nothing more practical and relevant than Christianity.

Our world is ravaged by selfishness, pride, disrespect, xenophobia, greed, deception, slander, hatred, violence, immorality, and the like. All of this is a result of original sin.

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned. ~ Romans 5:12

This corrupting and destructive power of sin can be likened to Gollum and the ring in, The Lord of the Rings. The ring, like sin, distorted his original nature and being, poisoned his mind and perception, and created a love and addiction to the very thing—his precious—that was destroying him.

The term “progressive Christianity” is both erroneous and deceptive, as well as stating, “making the church relevant.” So-called progressive Christianity ignores the reality of what the Bible calls sin—in all of its forms. The same for those who claim to promote relevance. The tendency, really, is to try to “have one’s cake and eat it too.” Often, these are mere attempts to gain God’s heaven apart from renouncing sin and yielding to Christ’s lordship. These remind me of the words in U2’s, “The Wanderer”:

“I stopped outside a church house
Where the citizens like to sit,
They say they want the kingdom.
But they don’t want God in it.”

This is why we are seeing so many churches and movements, feigning the name of Christ, all the while endorsing goddess worship, homosexuality, abortion, rebellion against any authority, rejection of the trustworthiness of the Scriptures, dismissal of holiness, etc. Many profess to condone these in a spirit of love; however, they misunderstand the true concept of what it means to love. Genuine love does not dismiss the seriousness of sin and its consequences, truth, or justice.

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 (ESV)

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son[d] from the Father, full of grace and truth. ~ John 1:14

[Love] does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:6

Furthermore, we are told:

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy,drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. ~ Galatians 5:16-24

The truth of the matter is this: if people truly believed on Christ, renouncing sin and selfishness, and surrendered to the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures, we would see a cleaning up in politics, wholesomeness, in Hollywood, homes being restored, and peace in our streets and communities. Again, Christianity does not need to change, people do. If people were to accept Christianity’s effect throughout the ages, they would see that it is far more relevant and productive than what it is given credit for.

A Score Is Being Kept

Politics and major businesses are filled with corruption and all kinds of wickedness. So much evil is applauded, justified, and covered up—all for the love of money and power. Nevertheless, the people of God are told:

Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. ~ Psalm 37:1-2 (ESV)

Furthermore, we are told to:

  • Trust in the Lord, and do good (vs.3);
  • Delight in Him (vs. 4);
  • Commit our way to Him (vs. 5);
  • Be still before Him and wait patiently for Him (vs.7).

Although the wicked see themselves  as invincible and untouchable, and they boast, “There is no God” (Ps. 14:1), and “The Lord does not see; the God of Jacob does not see” (Ps. 94:7), the Lord is keeping score. He is keeping track of their lies, bribes, coercion, thefts, extortion, and murders. He is preparing judgment for their persecution of the righteous and silencing the cries of the innocent.

Like pins standing proudly at the end of a lane, God’s wrath is going to charge down:

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. ~ Psalm 1:5-6

Dear ones, the days might become difficult, but let us keep our eyes on the Lord and our faith anchored on Him. Trust in, delight in, commit your way to, be still before, and wait patiently for Him. In the end, God will preserve His own, and the wicked will face the horror of the consequences of their gross rebellion against Him.

Unfocused, Unbridled Anger Will Fix Nothing

I have a few honest questions concerning our society. I’m not trying to be controversial or flippant. First, why all the unfocused, unbridled anger? The general answer seems to be “injustice!” Ok, this is a good starting place, but the answer goes awry when it shoots in all different directions. For example, a “black” man dies because of a “white” cop. THIS is the injustice. But what has followed are directions that are off focus and untrue:

  • All cops are bad
  • All “whites” are “racist
  • All “blacks” are oppressed
  • All cops are “systematically racist “
  • No body cares
  • This is Trump’s fault
  • Capitalism needs to be replaced by Marxism

Each of these are off focus and untrue. Everyone I know was upset with what happened to George Floyd. But somehow, things have spiraled somewhere unknown. We must remain focused if we are to fix anything.

Second question, will screaming obscenities and being destructive help fix injustice? So many pictures and videos I’ve seen shows persons with signs or shouting out things like: “F— cops!” “F— Trump!” F— you!” “Get the f— out of here!” Etc. I have yet seen such a word reconcilable. The same thing with destroying property. People are destroying things just to be destructive. But honestly, will this fix the problem? No, because none of this has anything to do with the original injustice. Furthermore, NO ONE responds well to being told, “f— you!” This kind of behavior is counterproductive. All this does is heighten the walls and thicken the barriers. This fixes nothing but is only further destructive.

Although I have more, my last question for the time being is this: do “black” lives matter or only the ones that fit a certain narrative? Something I have observed for several years is often if a “black” man is successful, he is labeled an “Uncle Tom.” The same for those who support Trump. Mind you, my posts are not meant to be political, but my point is this: on the one hand, “whites” are condemned unfairly as being “racist.” Yet, on the other hand, “blacks” are ostracized if they go against some unwritten script to think for themselves.

None of this is supportive of justice. It is not true that every “white” is racist anymore than saying the “black” community is free of racism. Furthermore, it is not supportive of justice to criticize “black” men as “Uncle Toms” when they are successful and/or think for themselves. All these accusations stem from the racism within the accusers’ hearts.

Truly, I believe things can get better, but first we have to keep focused on the actual offenses and avoid the untrue generalizations. If we refuse, we will all suffer the consequences of infernos of our own unbridled rage.

Is Hypocrisy Relative?

I have heard numerous people state the reason they neither like nor attend church is because churches are “filled with hypocrites.” Such persons give the impression that they hate hypocrisy. But wait, is such a statement true, or does it also reveal hypocrisy—the very thing persons imply to dislike?

First, what is hypocrisy and what are hypocrites? Hypocrisy is to claim or to give the impression of having moral standards, yet to live in contrast to these standards. Thus, a hypocrite is one who does not live in accordance to what he professes.

It might surprise some, but Jesus hates hypocrisy. In Matthew’s Gospel He says of some:

You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:

‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.’ (15:7-8)

And,

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. (23:27-28)

In any case, is the issue people have against church really that of hypocrisy? Mind you, I am not saying there are not any hypocrites in churches, for there are some. However, is this really the reason persons despise churches? I dare say, by and large the answer is a resounding “No!”

If there is any realm where hypocrisy surpasses religious hypocrisy by far is that of politics! How often those on political platforms project an image of moral superiority, all the while lying to the masses with all sorts of ulterior motives. The hypocrisy and corruption in politics knows no bounds. But I have noticed, no matter how repulsive the hypocrisy of the political figures, multitudes will not only gather to see them, but to cheer for them!

The tentacles of politics, like parasites, dig into the realms of media and entertainment. Those who denounce the hypocrisy in churches will defend the hypocrisy of journalists spreading agendas rather than giving the facts. While Christians trying to live honest and moral lives are condemned, immoral Hollywood elitists are viewed as purveyors of truth as they applaud and support the cause of the rioters—so long as they do not come to their neighborhoods!

But is hypocrisy relative? Is hypocrisy wrong in religion but permissible in politics? It is an amazing thing to me when I hear persons criticize preachers as being  deceivers, while saying, “Amen” when a politician or talking head speaks boldfaced lies.

So, generally speaking, do people really hate hypocrisy? No, for you cannot truly hate something when you applaud it in other areas. Then what is it about religion, Christianity in particular, people find revulsive? Is it really the hypocrisy? Granted, religious hypocrisy can leave a bitter taste in people’s mouths; but again, many find hypocrisy in other settings quite flavorful. I assure you, God hates hypocrisy in every form and in every setting. In both the Old and New Testaments, hypocrisy is condemned in religious, political, and personal realms.

So what is the real issue people have with Christianity? Jesus gets straight to the point when He declares the true reason people hate not simply Christianity, but Him: “The world … hates me because I testify about it that it’s works are evil.”

No figure in history has ever displayed more powerfully what it truly means to love and show mercy to others. Some denounce Christianity as being “too exclusive,” but no figure has ever had such an open invitation to everyone who will come to Him. However, His teachings strike at our greed, lust, hatred, prejudice, selfishness, etc.

Again, many dislike Jesus’ exclusivity, but consider the reason people are condemned:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. ~ John 3:16-20 (ESV)

The light of Jesus Christ shines into our hearts and exposes our cracks and brokenness. His light exposes our depravity and barbarism. His light exposes who we truly are, and instead of humbly coming to Him, many choose to curse the light and embrace the darkness. Many choose to criticize the broken followers of Jesus, condemning them as hypocrites, all the while extolling hypocrisies far more vehement, divisive, and destructive.

Is hypocrisy relative? No. Hypocrisy stands against truth—which is also not relative. And when one stands against truth he must embrace lies.

Understanding Justice, and the Cries Thereof

Just(ice) – notice the key word, “just,” meaning “morally right and fair.”

So many are crying out for justice, but do they truly care about justice?  How many women are raped each year? How many children are abused? How many innocent babies are killed before they even have a chance to enter the world? Society is not outraged by these. There is no rampage. But is any of this just, morally right, or fair?

Now, consider present happenings and consider the meanings of just(ice). This vilifying cops as a whole because of the acts of a few, is this just? This is no different than viewing all blacks as criminals because some are in jail. Burning vehicles, looting and destroying businesses, and screaming at/threatening/harming police officers who are trying to maintain order so no one (else) gets hurt — is this just? Is this morally right and fair?

Some will say I don’t understand because I’m “not black.” Well,  I’ve seen some videos of some very upset black individuals whose properties were destroyed. They did not understand either. Is their lack of understanding due to having “whiteness” somewhere in their DNA? Are such racist comments (whites not “understanding” the rioting and looting) and justifications of the destruction just, morally right, and fair?

Finally, this accusation that whites, by nature, are “racist,” — what a racist, stupid, and unjust accusation it is in itself! A white’s friendship with a black is, by default, insincere? What a crock!

Damn the media! Damn the political hypocrisies! Damn the fakeness and insincerity of Hollywood! Damn antifa and all these things that add fuel to the fire in the name of “justice,” yet have NOTHING to do with what is just, morally right, or fair.

A note for all of us when we claim to desire “justice”: Is what we are saying and doing just, morally right, and fair? Consider these:

  • Would you want broad generalized accusations said about you?
  • Would you want such actions done to you or your property?
  • Emotions, feelings, agendas, and ideologies aside, is what you are saying true?
  • Is what you are saying or doing morally right? THIS is a tough one, since our society tries to teach that there are no moral absolutes. Yet, if this is true, then why is racism wrong? What is wrong with a person being beaten for whatever reason? If there are no absolutes, then justice is merely imaginative. And if there are absolutes, where do such absolutes come from?*

This post is in no way meant to be controversial, but I am so sickened by all the stuff going on in our country. Indeed, what happened to George Floyd was an injustice. There is no doubt about that. However, so much that has occurred after this injustice are simply more injustices. What utter nonsense when corrupt politicians, immoral celebrities, and spoiled, militant renegades want to lecture others about “justice.”

*Check out the book, Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis. He discusses absolutes masterfully.