We like, for the sake of understanding, to distill what is expressed in many words down to a simple sentence or phrase that sums it all up. We love to latch on to that common denominator that runs like a thread through many and various interpretations of something we feel strongly about. We enthusiastically summarize, encapsulate, simplify and put into a nutshell. This reaches subjects that touch every facet of our lives including the spiritual. It’s easier to grasp if we boil it down.
Every nook and cranny of a building as large as the Pentagon could be wallpapered with what has been written about “injustice” in the world – and have plenty left over. But if we really wanted to take all that and distill it, summarize it, and put it in a nutshell we’d find that there is but one common thread to all injustice – injustice to You! Our notion of justice is almost always perceived in regards to other people. Seldom, if ever, do we consider justice in regards to You.
Implicit in the notion of justice – indeed, almost synonymous with it – is the concept of fairness. Let’s take a look at fairness to You. If we would understand and extend justice and fairness we must be able to grasp the historic dynamics between God and man recorded in scripture. From day one of the rise of mankind we have sought to keep the scales of justice tilted in our favor. Where was the justice or fairness in our constantly betraying God’s trust? Where was the justice or fairness when, after being told what our part of the bargain was, we broke it? Early on we learned the “benefits” of injustice by rejecting the very One who gave us life. What’s fair or just about the ways we have treated You? This mania for cleverly using justice and fairness in ways that only serve our own selfish interests is at the very heart of the injustice and unfairness we extend to others. From our injustice to You we extend it to others.
Our own utilization of justice, consciously or unconsciously, rests in this: that we treat God the same way we treat others and we treat others the same way we treat God – but, in either case, it may not be the same way we ourselves expect to be treated. Where’s the justice in that?