When one comes face to face with justice, it is always personal, local, and shaped by perspective. What is fair and just from my view is rarely the same for you, even if we agree on the facts. As I struggle to come to grips with what is fair, I am struck by the difference in the view of those involved and how I see things. Frequently, it is as if we are on different planets. Very little is the same, except the facts. Yet even facts have a context.
I wish I could walk independent of the justice of it all. Candidly, I often find myself evaluating the potential political impact, measuring the relative perceptions by those that care to notice, and even the support or lack of I will receive from my peers and board. I act as if justice is a relative commodity that I can shape to my advantage.
I look at my heroes and I find individuals that walked with purpose, callously ignoring what others might think or the justice that they were going to meet. Everyone realized his or her purpose, risking everything. Of one hero, it is written, “justice miscarried, and he was led off—and did anyone really know what was happening? He died without a thought for his own welfare, beaten bloody for the sins of my people.” (Isaiah 53.8)
You and I have the opportunity to be unique history makers. Nobody may see what we do except God. Nobody may care except Divinity. In many ways there are only two views that really count. The first is obviously God. The second is our own.
Justice does not need to be measured by others. We can actually measure our lives by God’s ruler. When this is done, one finds community always taking precedence over the individual with compassion leading the way. The change is perspective is not an easy one. We live in a world of criticism and measures. The world defined life different than God does. What we do today tells others about the justice we value.
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