That seems to be a recurring theme lately.
One of the latest examples is in the case of Walter Scott, a young black man who was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Charleston, SC by a white police officer. According to multiple reports, the judge declared a mistrial due to a deadlocked jury.
Many are angrily shaking their heads at this, seeing it as just another example of racial oppression and inequality within our justice system. And it’s not an isolated case; several related trials over the last few years have ended in the same way, with the officer going scot-free, and the family being left to pick up the pieces.
But injustice is not limited by race.
Injustice infiltrates every aspect of society…race/ethnicity, gender, personality, religion, social/financial status, geographical location…none of these factors are void of injustice. Actually, I think it’s safe to say that anyone reading this has experienced injustice on some level.
It makes you wonder at times why injustice is so widespread. It makes you wonder if we’ll ever see a time where there will be “justice for all.”
And it also makes some ask whether or not God even cares.
Because in the eyes of many angry and hurting people, if an all-powerful and all-knowing God really cared about justice, then He would make sure that justice is swiftly served in every instance of wrongdoing.
But…wouldn’t that apply when we do wrong too?
This is a pill that most of us are not willing to swallow, because we are inclined to prefer our own standard of justice…a standard that is much stricter on people other than ourselves. In contrast, God’s standard of justice demands personal accountability above all else…which is why I believe His standard is largely rejected in our society today.
The Bible makes it painstakingly clear that God cares about justice.
Leviticus 19:15 –Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.
Psalm 33:5 – The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.
Ecclesiastes 3:17 – I said to myself, “God will bring into judgement both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time to judge every deed.”
Romans 12:9 – Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
To make it even clearer, God the Father orchestrated the brutal death of Jesus, His only Son, in order to execute judgement on the sins of the entire world.
Does God care about justice? Maybe we’re asking the wrong question here. I think the real question is…do we care about justice?
Because if we did, we’d take our cues from Him. After all, justice was His idea to begin with.