2017 has been a year of divisive speech and political outcry. While this is probably not news to most of you, it seems strange that “justice” has been exposing this. Why did we not notice before all the protests, natural disaster, and uproar? Well, because I’d argue that ‘justice’ is a very relative term.
What exactly do I mean? Well, in order to administer justice, you must have some type of foundation to comprehend exactly what is just, and more importantly, what is not.
You can use the Bible as your lens for justice, or you could use philosophy or the law. And if done properly, you should be fighting for the safety, salvation, and equality of all beings—at least that is my Christian mindset speaking. But recognizing injustice and justice is rather easy, once you learn. The real challenge is separating the two, and then actively seeking to end the injustices you see.
How exactly do we do that? There’s probably thousands of theses that could be written upon the topic, but there is one situation I’d like you all to think about today.
There is no question that there is plenty of injustice throughout the world—I’m not at all questioning that. But we should really corner ourselves with this question: Are we really fighting for justice if we only attack certain injustices? Inherently injustice can only exist if there is an absence of justice, so why would we waste time dissolving some cases and leaving others to exist and multiply?
I fear that in our world today, we sometimes become too wrapped up in our own identities, our own ideologies, and our own aptitudes to the point that we are blinded to what is actually wrong, and what is actually right. We stress certain injustices over others in the hopes that the ones most relevant to us will be addressed. Is that not injustice in itself?
I see a lot of these manifestations in political debate about religion, but I also see a lot of this in arguments against democrats/republicans. We see someone we don’t agree with, so we wish them ill instead of well. This the exact image I am attempting to paint. Muslim or Hindu, white or black, conservative or progressive, young or old, woman or man, we should not fight only the battles that are relevant to us.
Jesus died for every man, every woman, and every individual that would choose to believe and follow Him. If we only choose to fight in the wars against injustice that will benefit us, we are truly missing the point.
Being Christian does not mean you have to hate the Muslim or the Hindu, and being conservative does not mean you have to hate the progressive. Instead, it means you have to love when it is hard to love, and fight for injustice even when you don’t necessarily agree. After all, attacking people when they attack you won’t heal any wounds, it will only provoke more hurt.
Think about this: fighting injustice is a lot more powerful when you do it for others out of selfless, humble love. It’s rather easy to join a group that fights injustice in our day, but if you are causing injustice on your route to “creating equality,” are you actually doing any good? I’d say not.