“…Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment. Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous. That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee…” (Deut. 16:18-20).
How do we address injustices? The Word of God provides a five-step prescription for the application of justice within the community. Through proper application of and adherence to these five steps, we can ensure the equitable treatment of all persons.
The five steps are: 1) Place the concern before the Lord, 2) Deal courageously, faithfully and with a perfect heart in the fear of the Lord, 3) Do not turn aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left, 4) Remain impartial as one responsible for the dispensing of the Lord’s justice within the community with fairness, and 5) Search diligently for the truth to protect justice from human fallibility.
Any quest for justice is subject to human error so long as the human condition is involved in the process. However, when following the steps of this judicial process, in conjunction with our daily engagement with the Word of God and prayer, the justice of God will go forth with great power and force and will prevail above all else.