Jesus is all about justice.
His definition of justice is so much more brilliant than ours. If we really want it we will need to repent of so much of the dim vision of justice that we’ve received through our humanistic and nationalistic worldviews.
THE GREATEST ACT OF INJUSTICE is that 100% of us, the created, have reviled, lived independently of, and refused to worship our Creator, Who has only shown us perfect love.
Now we’re talking context…
Whether it’s racial justice, justice in the womb, or justice for the Church to assemble, EVERY discussion about social justice that neglects this context is horsefeathers…
It’s the primary impetus for WHY WE SPEAK and ACT at all. It’s rooted in our worship of Jesus. As my friend Stuart Greaves so excellently notes in his book “False Justice”: “All social justice issues must end in the worship of our Creator.” I agree 100%. This is the height of human injustice. This is also what/why the enemy is ultimately animating both sides of these issues – to keep humanity from worshipping God. When we see this as the “end game” we will be MUCH more prepared to offer wholistic, compassionate and incarnational solutions to these important issues.
The nexus of all JUSTICE on the earth is the CROSS: (1 Corinthians 2:2; 1 Corinthians 1:18; Galatians 2:20,21; Galatians 3:1-3 & 10-14) JESUS’ victorious death upon it, and our proclamation and participation in it.
No matter how we parse, argue for, or practice JUSTICE, if we omit the CROSS…
a.) at best, neither ourselves nor our world ultimately profit
b.) at worst, we also perpetuate an anti-Christ delusion.
“When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they acknowledged God’s justice, having been baptized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God’s purpose for themselves, not having been baptized by John.” (Luke 7:29-30)
JSB • May 22, 2022