Is Justice Blind?
In our courts of law, the symbol for justice is a blindfolded woman holding a scale. We say: “Justice is blind.” By that we mean that the justice that is dispensed in our courtrooms is not based on our looks, our social standing, or creed, our race, our profession, but only on the facts present to the court.
God’s justice is not blind. God sees all and knows everything about us. God’s justice is not our justice.
Remember the story Jesus told about the workers in the field? Everyone who worked got the same pay. Those who worked one hour and those who worked all day received the same pay from the master. That’s God’s justice.
We have a tendency in the United States to think God deals only with individuals, but in Jeremiah 5:1-6 we see God is dealing with a nation. We wonder how God can be so harsh as to punish a whole nation.
Christians speak of God’s love and may have trouble putting love and punishment in the same category. Jeremiah 5:25 gives us a clue in this matter, “Your iniquities have turned you away, and your songs have deprived you of good….”
God lets us make choices, but we must live with the consequences of those choices. The one who acts justly is the one who strives to make choices that God would make, and who looks to God in living with the consequences of their actions.
—Rev. Marty Aden
- How do the issues of grace and punishment fit together? How do they speak to God’s justice?
- How can we be good stewards of God’s justice? What make it hard to be good stewards?
- How is God dealing with us as a nation? What have we done as a nation to promote God’s justice in our world? How have we hindered it?
- With the recent highly publicized trials in the news, do you think justice is blind? Why or why not?
How Do I Act?
- Find an area in your community where injustice occurs. How can God’s justice be implemented? Brainstorm ideas and develop a plan to implement them.
- Plan as a group or individual to attend a trial in your community. This may be difficult if you work, but there may be one during your lunch hour. If not, follow the trial in your local paper to see if justice is served according to you and according to God.
- Role play the scene of Jeremiah with the nation of Israel being on trial. Assign roles to people in the church in advance but with no practice so it might seem more realistic.
- Try to be conscious of the choices you make this week. Focus on the impact and the consequences. At the end of the week, reflect on this “experiment” and whether being conscious of each choice made for a better decision.