True Justice (Part 2: Retribution)

Where there is Evil, Reckoning always follows

For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.

Colossians 3:25

As harsh or critical as it may be to accept the rules of the reality around us, one thing will always be clear, evil and immorality will always result in punishment.

In the kingdom of God and in even in the kingdom of man, this principle will always hold true.

 

However, the guise of this truth comes with the intrinsic implication that because the bad or unethical people of our world do in fact deserve the suffering and hardship that will come as a result of their wicked actions, we as the good and upright members of our societies have the right to punish them ourselves.

We often feel when it comes to a person who lives in so much more sin and immorality than we do, it is almost a responsibility on our parts to destroy their reputations, treat them with disgust and hostility, and constantly remind them of how better off the world might be if they never existed.

We use justice as a means of justifying the use of hatred for the sake of peace.

We use justice as a means of exacting vengeance for the sake of equality.

We use justice as a means of controlling others through hostility and fear for the sake of creating utopia.

As much as we may attempt to justify these uses of justice not only in our governments but even in our everyday interactions with others, evil will always be evil and good will always be good.

Hatred will always be hatred and love will always be love.

 

The Justice of love builds and endures

Romans 12:17-19

17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it[a] to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

Those who would steal, kill, and destroy to gain an advantage in life ought to be stopped and detained yet not hated and despised since if the entire world were to turn their backs on them and cast them aside, what motivation could they ever find to compel them to change their ways?

Those who would attempt to ruin the reputations of others through lies, hypocrisy, and gossip ought to be called out and reprimanded for the actions yet not scorned and ignored since if these people found themselves completely isolated for their lies and deceits, how could they ever possibly learn the joys of telling the truth?

Those who would manipulate and control others around them ought to be acknowledged and properly confronted for their insidious behavior yet they ought not be forced to live out the rest of their lives in shame and misery as if the law of the land was that anyone who acts selfishly towards his neighbor be mistreated and humiliated for the rest of their lives, how many of us can honestly say that we would not suffer that fate?

It is as Jesus himself proclaims in John 8:7, “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”.

Justice is not about revenge, justice is about correction.

In the same way that we would help a friend recover from a hard fall, justice is a means by which we as Christians are to help our fellow man turn from his self-destructive ways and equip him to live the life of peace and virtue that comes from devotion to God and integrity of character.

Sometimes brute force and hostile confrontation may be the best course of action at certain moments in our lives but for the vast majority of circumstances and encounters that we will find ourselves in at any given time, patience, understanding, and the determination to do what is best for everyone not just ourselves can go a long way.

 

God doesn’t hate us when we sin, he doesn’t kick us when we are down, and he doesn’t belittle us when we fall short of his expectations for us.

We ought to be that way to others.

Even though it may not seem like the most obvious or intuitive way to interpret the role of justice in our daily lives, the fact is that when we make justice less about what we want and more about what others need, our idea of justice becomes the force of good that it was always meant to be and our view of fairness becomes the epitome of truth, love, and righteousness that God would have it to be.

 

Nothing in this world gets better through hatred but by the power of the love, kindness, and humility that a pursuer of Christ holds firmly, the world and everything in it can truly come alive.

 

Thanks For Reading!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for the conclusion of this series in Part 3: Mercy.

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