“It’s not fair.”
That’s the mantra propelled by teenage angst the world over. I can’t remember exactly when but that very phrase pelted me–as if shot from the barrel of a scattergun–and spawned my philosophy of justice. My reply to that The-World-is-Against-Me-Teen was simple and held the hope of changing his or her life forever.
BOO and YAH!
Since that day I have used that explanation many times. However, I have been confronted, of late, by my keen sense of Justice. In this confrontation I have had a few random thoughts scurry across the vast plains of my fertile cerebrum. I thought I would share some of these with you to spark your own exploration of justice.
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness have left in their wake some rather unpleasant circumstances. These have been fodder for many a pensive marathon.
Without the use of mirrors, with nothing up my sleeve or any other device to aide me, I will share those thoughts with you.
There is no justice outside of God.
No matter what form justice or injustice takes, the true form cannot be vigorously understood outside of God. He is the standard.
I am arrogant to take offense at injustice against me.
If God is just, then all injustice is actually against Him, not me. I usurp His sovereignty to take offense at injustice solely on the basis of it harming me. I don’t have to like it, but my offense should be based in the idea that this event is counter-God.
It appears I am arrogant.
When injustices come my way I want blood extracted for payment. I want to be appeased. When someone takes advantage of me, I want to know where God was. I want to know What He is doing to set this travesty against me straight. I want to see it set right. Oh no, I am not satisfied to simply know it was all handled. I want to view it, gloat in it. I want the offender to see me smirk as I walk away. Ok, maybe there is a window and they can see my reflection because walking away they couldn’t see me… but you get it.
What does justice mean to you? How do you deal with injustice in your life?