I’ve started reading Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of our Daily Lives. In the introduction she tackles the concept of justice as meant in the Bible vs. our common conception of justice. It is more about freeing the oppressed than punishing the wrong. “Justice: the practical result of loving God and loving others.” She referenced a passage from Isaiah that I just wanted to share.
Isaiah 58: 9-12 (The Message)
If you get rid of unfair practices, quit blaming victims, quit gossiping about other people’s sins, If you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out, Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness, your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight. I will always show you where to go. I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places–firm muscles, strong bones. You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.