Pretty much every day I hear somebody talking about how something is not fair, how if there was any justice something would have gone differently, how they wish somebody would have gotten what they deserve, etc. Enough people! Seriously though, please stop and think before you lash out with this ridiculous line of thinking. I think this circles back to the old “be careful what you wish for” idiom. And, to be clear, I’m not innocent here. I’ve certainly ridden this nonsense train before but who hasn’t at some point. Here’s the deal: None of us actually want true justice. We all deserve it, but we don’t really want it. True justice for all of humanity equals death and an eternity of separation from our Creator. But, here we are, running around complaining about how other people should have received different treatment or how we “deserved” a different outcome. What a joke. We so arrogantly stomp around like children on this futile earth wishing for vindication and justice meanwhile completely disregarding the truth that we’ve been given freedom from justice. Not a right to justice but freedom from it. For some, this should be a near revolutionary thought. Imagine what you could let go of if you truly recognized that you have no right to “justice” or vindication. Imagine what freedom from the bondage of spite or bitterness could feel like. Besides, only God has the right and ability to execute justice. If we just forgive those who do us wrong and stop worrying about them receiving “justice” we could move on with joy and peace. We talk about justice in the legal system but that is a human concept of punishment for wrong doing. We live in the Godly concept of mercy whereby we are not getting punished for our wrong doing. Well, we should anyway. Unfortunately, we too often live on the wrong side of the paradigm as we battle human notions and misguided emotion. It is said that hurt people hurt people. You might have to say that a couple times out loud but I think it’s true. Our desire to hold on to a want for vindication or bitterness about lack of “justice” or “fairness” only hurts ourselves. Further, I think it is oppressive. We are not able to live in mercy and grace and we have the opposite of a peace that surpasses all understanding. We have a bitterness that turns people away, disclaims the gospel and defeats the purpose.
Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Break out of the need for justice and praise God for your freedom from it!
This is right on dude! AND kinda crazy but our pastor followed this up with a sermon on this exact topic this weekend. You should check it out, I think you would enjoy. He focused on the book of Job. Talk about not fair!
Right on man!
This is one of my most difficult “brain games”! Considering my website, obviously I am all about grace, but I honestly struggle with wanting guilty criminals to serve their “time” on this side of eternity…what a tough one!
Thanks for making me think…again!