God speaks out on justice and fairness.
Justice, justice shalt thou pursue … . (Deuteronomy 16:20.)
We belong to the faithful Judge of all the world, the one we can can trust in his righteous judgment.
Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes,
he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples in his faithfulness.(Psalm 96:13.)
What does this mean for us as we see those who are in need of justice, though? Is there anything we can do? Yes, and I am encouraged by the wisdom I find in the Book of Proverbs.
Every one of us can follow these guides in our daily lives:
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent – the Lord detests them both. (Proverbs 17:15.)
It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity.(Proverbs 17:26.)
It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice. (Proverbs 18:5.)
When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to the evildoers. (Proverbs 21:15.)
Ignorance is no excuse
And then I come to a proverb that encourages, yes, but also causes me to pause and reflect on whether I am truly pursuing justice.
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? (Proverbs 24:11-12.)
If your life is guarded by God, what reason do you have to fear what may happen if you stood up for those who suffer injustices? Frankly, what we should avoid like the plague is doing nothing:
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. (James 4:17.)
You know the good you ought to do, so remember: the pursuit of justice is God’s pursuit too. Let us then go with God – the one who guards our heart – into this unjust world and pursue his justice with him.