How To Address Injustices

“…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.


6 thoughts on “How To Address Injustices

  1. This was an excellent post for me to read. As a fair minded and pretty patient pastor’s wife, the only time I seem to lose it is when I see injustice, prejudiced and mean-spirited people professing “tolerance.” It’s at that time I need to turn the situation over to the Lord for there will always be intolerance and injustice until Jesus comes again in all His Glory. (But isn’t it strange that those who profess to be tolerant are usually the most intolerant?)

    Thank you so much for finding and following my blog. I look forward to reading many more of yours and being inspired by your messages! Blessings back,

    1. Hi,

      Thanks for your response! I agree completely. This has been something that has been troubling me for some time. God always promotes fairness to everyone, but we, for some reason, seem to fall short in this area. My prayer is that we look within and seek to make some changes.

      I look forward to reading more from you…God bless!

  2. Sean, the above steps in your post would put an end to the division in our country, especially the racial kind. I pray that our pastors would shun social and political “gospels” and cleave to the true Gospel, that of Jesus Christ crucified…for those who don’t deserve His grace…so that we might be able to love others as He first loved us…by taking up our own cross to follow Him.

    1. Anthony, it comes straight from the Word. That is what God is looking for and expects from us. I pray that we find our way back to the Kingdom principles. Thanks for your response! God Bless!

  3. High standards indeed. I think your point about searching our own hearts is right on target. Sometimes the most powerful response to injustices done to us is our own steady commitment to justice. Especially when we ourselves are being treated unjustly, and especially toward those who treat us unjustly. I fear each of us falls short in this area, not always because of circumstances in our control. Understanding ourselves can also lead to unexpected compassion and even empathy–along with better understanding of those who treat us unjustly.

    Thanks, Sean! 🙏🏻

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