“Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures” (Romans 1:22-23).
Justice seems to be a topic of popular conversation, main street demonstrations, political ambition, and media agitation. Within these realms, however, the understanding of justice is far too shortsighted, self-serving, and worldly. From a biblical worldview, the prism through which the community of Christ is to interpret and understand the world, and the counter-cultural life we are called to pursue, justice is more than the correction of bad behavior perpetuated by some bad people. The bad behavior referred to as “injustice” is but a symptom of the prevailing endemic issue within humanity—the corruption of God’s justice. Because mankind has chosen to fashion gods in his own image, worshipping and serving the creature rather than the Creator (v.25), principalities and powers have ushered in the most insidious elements imaginable in their attempt to pervert and corrupt the crowning achievement of God’s creative order—man. Until God alone is the object of man’s worship, no amount of human objection will correct the unjust behavior of man. Do not allow politicized headlines and emotionally charged social media rhetoric to interpret your understanding of what’s occurring in the world. These are not social ills to be cured by man, but spiritual issues to be conquered by the transforming presence of God in the human heart.