If you have been paying attention to recent conversations in this Country and not merely living in your own private world (see my last blog article 🙂 ), then you likely have some opinion in the recent George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin case. The verdict and acquittal of George Zimmerman has enraged many around the Country and the President even decided to address this issue publicly this past Friday. On Saturday, rallies focusing on the theme “Justice for Trayvon” were held in 100 key cities around the Country. Now, the United States Justice Department is even investigating this case for potential civil charges against Zimmerman. Whether you believe justice has been served or not through Zimmerman’s acquittal, you should be able to identify with the greater issues this case has brought to attention. Playing off this case and conversation, I’m writing today about Justice!
Everyone wants to see justice! It is part of how we are made. We want to see that things are fair and right! You may wish to review my “Fair?!” Blog (https://vtlessonstolearn.com/2010/06/27/fair/). Just watch a child who wants a toy just like the other child near them. Notice how one sibling wants to be able to have the same amount of food or things that the other has. We like things to be the same or similar. We want life to give each of us equality. In America, we hold this up as a standard and that “all men are Created equal” and it follows that we all should have equal opportunity. Many Companies strive for this for their employees. The Government, though, has come to emphasize equality more than equal opportunity and has become indebted, nearly to the point of collapse, by giving money and opportunities to certain groups and people trying to help them be equal. Socialism, however, is not supposed to be our form of government. Justice is more and even different from mere equality. Justice is what is right or righteous! It involves moral judgment, not simply equality.
Think about it. You don’t REALLY want things equal; you want things to be just! Equality is not the reality in this fallen world, nor can it be. There is variety in life and different stages of development. At whatever stage you are in, when you do good, you want to be rewarded for good. You want those who do not do so good to be punished or receive less. Kids even understand this too. They want more if they do more. They want their brother or sister to be punished if they do wrong. When parented properly, children learn a sense of justice early on. When someone violates your personal space or steals and damages your property, you want justice! You want that person to be punished for what they did that was wrong. That means morality and value is involved. Choosing right is just and doing right is just.
Perhaps George Zimmerman should not have followed Trayvon Martin in the first place. We do not know what all was seen or heard. Perhaps Trayvon should not have fought George, though we don’t know all going on between them. Perhaps George should not have shot Trayvon and particularly not shot him with a deadly blow. Perhaps the law in Florida needs to be changed or made better somehow. All of these matters are moral matters and you must get the morality straight to have true justice.
Friend, there is true justice coming and we all had best be prepared! We all have chosen, at least at times, to do wrong or been selfish to the detriment of those around us. We all are guilty before a Holy and JUST GOD! We all need forgiveness to be right and have a right relationship with our Creator. This Justice is only possible through the sacrifice of the “monogenes” (only-born or unique) JUST ONE–JESUS CHRIST! Justice was served when JESUS bore the punishment for our injustices. You will only be positionally just and know GOD through acceptance and faith in JESUS and you will only be able to do true Justice when you follow what GOD has revealed. The prophet Micah said it succinctly in Mic 6:8: “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God”