A Few Thoughts on Justice

Allow me, if you will, to put in your mind the image of a great big clock, or if you prefer, some other type of big, complex machine. There are so many different parts, so many different functions and structures, all designed to click with one another to make the whole operation work seamlessly.

The person building it would therefore carefully measure and refine each and every piece to operate with exact precision.

What does the following verse say about the mastery of craft that God displays throughout all His creation:

Psalm 19:1-6 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

The Lord’s creation is magnificent, as He is magnificent. The only universe fitting for a magnificent God is a magnificent universe. But beyond just the physical structure of reality, so too does God have a very specific pattern and blueprint for the moral and ethical reality of His universe, as the psalm goes on to say:

Psalm 19:7-14 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

The one who learns The Lord’s moral blueprint can usually look forwards to wisdom and goodness, because the intended moral structure God has designed is the manual for how we humans can navigate and fit into this great machine that is the universe. If we want happy, harmonious, just lives, we need to look to the blueprint. There is, of course, a bit of a monkey wrench in the machine, that disruption being called sin or evil. Using the world and its people around us in ways not intended is a misuse, and it should not be surprising that misusing the universe leads to chaos, in our social, spiritual and communal lives- communal with others, and God.

Let me bring another string into the conversation:

What type of leader, or great authority does not avenge the innocent and lets evil go unpunished? None we would desire. It is easy to understand that evil should be cleansed, and logical enough to say that what evil you commit incurs a punishment of the same mathematical magnitude. So that we can believe that the universe is just, we seek to fight evil and punish the guilty, and then continue on with our lives, hoping that the universe retains a semblance of balance in the scales of right and wrong.

So, a basic and understandable response to evil committed against us is to eradicate it, or to avenge ourselves against the offender. And if we commit an evil against another, they avenge themselves against us, and when they commit an evil against another then that other person avenges themself and on and on and on.

This, however, cannot go on.

If this is how humans try to maintain justice and proper order in the universe, then we are on a ticking clock towards doom. The reality is, all of us have betrayed God’s blueprint of the universe by offending the moral framework God has intended. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

The reality is, any sin you or I commit is an evil, and creating an addition of an evil thing into God’s universe is a terrible thing, in opposition to God’s good, innocent, pure design. And we all add evil to the universe. For true justice to apply, I must be punished for hurting you, you must be punished for hurting her, she must be punished for hurting him, and we all must we punished because these crimes of ours offend the universe.

The only way out of the judgement for human evil against God and His intricately, intentionally designed universe, is forgiveness, like that described here:

John 3:16- 18 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

See, justice means getting what we deserve. And, I think that you and I can agree that the universe should maintain justice- until faced with the reality that we are all, then, headed for destruction. The only hope we have, is the salvation of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Believe in Him, who died for your sins, to receive your judgement so you do not have to. Ask God to apply the death of Jesus to your own death sentence that you would be freed from it, and find joy in knowing that through the death of Jesus, we can live with God in the perfect, harmonious way He initially intended, according to design.

That joy is what God created you to experience and is what He created the universe to bless you with. That joy is what God had His son Jesus die to provide you with. That cure to evil and its’ spawn is what Jesus defeated for all those who would accept His sacrifice and ask Him to be their Lord, Savior and Friend. If you have not sought that joy, do so today, and begin your journey to understand the real magnificence and goodness of the Creator that you, and the rest
of creation reflect.