The Paths of Justice

In some of my reading this week, I came across this word “justice” as in as Chaplain we are to pursue justice for our patients. Immediately my mind went to some kind of “Chaplain PD” where we went after bad guys and brought bad actors to justice. But I have a feeling that’s not what was intended. No, the more modern concept of justice is about equality, not just equal under the law, but equal pay, equal work, equal rights, equality in marriage (same-sex), equality in taxation (or more taxes for more wealth) and so on. Justice has taken on very different meanings since the Bible was written.

Justice in the Bible is about God’s Justice, and that is a very scary thing. God is the standard of justice for all its forms. God is the absolute standard for right and wrong. There is no higher power. So when God is spoken of as upholding justice, it is according to His own eternal standards.

So when God guards the paths the justice, this is to say He ensures that justice, His justice, will be done. Justice over sin will prevail. His absolute justice will be served. Can it include economic and social justice? Probably, but in terms He has already laid out for us. If you need a refresher on Biblical Social Justice, I don’t suggest listening the latest pundits. I suggest going back to God’s Word. In short, everyone and everything belongs to Him; we are stewards and will be judged by our stewardship of His resources.

Good talk. Now get on with your day. God bless!

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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