Monday, August 22, 2011

What Happened to Justice?

There are those who turn justice into bitterness
  and cast righteousness to the ground. – Amos 5:7

There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court
  and detest the one who tells the truth. – Amos 5:10

Today’s Reading: Amos 4-6; Revelation 7

Man… ain’t this the truth!?

I just saw in the news the other day a case of three men who have been in jail for 18 years for a crime that they didn’t commit. DNA testing showed no link to them and the victims and after 18 years they will be released from prison.

But there is one catch… they have to plead guilty…

HUH!? What do you mean they have to plead guilty? Well there is this weird clause in the law where they can plead guilty without saying they did it in order to avoid the cost and hassle of another trial. Really it is saving the state more money than it is saving them because many of the key witnesses in the original trial have died but that’s not really the point.

Where has justice gone? Why are we okay with accepting injustice? It seems like we are no longer outraged by injustice but rather we accept it in the forms that we have become used to.

Of course this is not new. The civil rights movement was a cry out for the nation to pay attention to injustices that they had built into the fabric of the popular culture.

Just because we’ve been doing things a certain way for a while doesn’t mean that it is okay.

These verses are still a challenge to us today to seek out justice in all things and to do our best to live by that justice. Justice is rooted in God’s love for us all. When we don’t live in line with God’s love then our society has no hope of being just.

This justice isn’t just in how our legal system works, but it is also in the love that we have in our dealings with each other. If we act in love then we cannot help but to uphold justice.

Let’s be bold in love and justice.

Food for Thought: Have you witnessed any injustice in your life. What can we do in our lives to fight the injustice that we see?

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