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Of Justice and Equity


By: Edward Cortez


The book of Proverbs begins with, “The Proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king if Israel: To know wisdom and instruction…to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity” (Proverbs 1:1-3). We hear so much these days calls for justice and equity and that is indeed a noble pursuit and a lofty ideal. But true justice and equity remain very elusive even as our forebears have sought them since time immemorial. Marches and rallies have been held throughout history, both peaceful and violent, in pursuit of justice and equity. But, sadly, there seems to be more injustice and inequality today than it has ever been.

The reason for this is humanity in its fallen nature will be hard pressed to bring about a just and equitable society on its own efforts. Jeremiah 19:11 clearly states, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” True justice emanates from God and knowing Him allows us to understand what’s true justice and equity is all about. The Psalmist makes this point, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy and truth go before Your face” (Psalm 89:14).

The search for justice must begin with God Himself first. As sinners who have offended a just and holy God we must get reconciled with Him, our hearts transformed by the Holy Spirit, and be in a right relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. But this cannot be done solely on our own efforts. Romans 5:10 is pretty clear, “For if, when were enemies of God, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!”

The sacrificial death of God’s Son on the cross satisfied God’s justice and paved the way for us to be reconciled to Him. So believing and receiving God’s own Son by faith as Savior and Lord restores our frayed relationship with Him and will make us agents of reconciliation and dispensers of God’s justice in a broken and hurting world. The prophet Micah then pointedly asks the question to all of us, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8). VIA

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