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Friday, March 29, 2013

Justice as Blind to Variable Conditions

I See No Deprivation

Does it surprise you that God’s patience has an end? Why or why not? If God’s patience were limitless, what would his justice look like? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1162).

When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:22-26 NIV).

While I strongly believe in eternal justice and that in due course God’s justice will prevail, a sense of temporal justice confirms my belief in the love of God and his involvement in our daily lives. If God were not love, everyday justice wouldn’t matter; but since God is love justice delayed can be seen as justice denied. Thus justice can be a matter of urgency. I also understand that God’s view of justice can be entirely different from my own—especially in regards to economic justice. As a comparatively wealthy man in this world, I am subject to a sense of entitlement born of complacent self-righteousness—something I tend to share with others similarly situated. As a man of property, it is extremely easy for me to mentally justify bald injustice; I have a limitless sense of entitlement to my wealth. I see it as it deserved and even showing the favor of God which cinches my purblind hold on it and confirms my self-centered belief that justice rests in the status quo—poverty is simply a judgment of God. Nothing testifies to the corruptibility of human nature more than the belief that wealth telegraphs spiritual superiority.

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