Justice and Fairness

There is so much in life that isn’t just or fair. One of the earliest statements that everyone of our 8 kids said, and then said often was, ” That’s not fair”! It could have been as simple as the portion of food they received compared to a siblings or that they had to bring in fire wood twice in a row, but the point being that being treated fairly was important to them. When Patty and I go shopping for Christmas presents for 27 grandkids she insists that the gifts are within one dollar of each other, otherwise they will feel like they are being treated unfairly. When I travel to Sierra Leone, West Africa where we have started churches, schools, an orphanage, well drilling projects, a Bible College, and businesses for jobs I see so much injustice, but I can’t do much about most of it. In the news there is a huge overdose of information on justice and injustice, but very few are discussing it from a perspective of compassion.

So the Biblical perspective for me and what we attempted to teach our kids as they grew up was, “I will do everything in my power to treat others with fairness and influence the culture of justice and injustice around me to the degree that I can, but I will not be concerned about whether I am being treated fairly by others or not, I will just trust the Lord to be my defender.”

My personal response and effort to influence justice where I see injustice is in my praying that I do;

Luke 18:1& 8 Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart……..now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”

injustice that has happened in life will be taken care of by the “King of Kings” when every person will stand before His throne and give an account of their life.

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