Devotional Tangents

Relativism. Justice.

When people tell me that they think truth and morals are relative – say, that we today cannot judge people of the past for their actions, or that you cannot judge me and vice versa – are they not admitting that among us humans, no one can claim to know justice?

And yet when we say that no one of us can judge perfectly, but we still desire justice in some way, – say, to point out the ‘wrongdoings’ of  Israel or Palestine – do we not subconsciously infer that there is Justice existing ‘out there’, somewhat out of our reach, where we know of it but do not know or practice it? (That perfect Justice is somehow possible.)

We are like children squabbling over spilled milk; a tumbled block castle; an unsatisfactory game of Monopoly. (Though in my book, Monopoly is an unsatisfactory game in itself.) We as children appeal to Mom/Dad, whom we recognise as a higher order of justice. And then when that justice rules against our favour, sometimes we whine about it, and mumble “old-fashioned,” “playing favourites!” “what a wheeze.”

So it is with us and God.

I think we desire his capital-J Justice, and yet we think: “Oh, you allow innocent people to die?” “I did not see you punish that evil person!” Forgetting to consider that we may not understand the justice that is meted out, or temporarily withheld, by that Justice, we sometimes throw up our hands and give up on God being good in any possible way.

Hence we desire absolute Justice, resent the thought of it being ‘still to come’, but we don’t dare to claim it ourselves. No sane man would.

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”” John 14:6-7 [read the chapter]

“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:1-5 [read the chapter]


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