What do we know so far? Where do we go from here?
The question of justice is vital, not only for our society at large, but also for the Christian who seeks to be an ambassador for Christ in that society.
Let’s remind ourselves of the definition that we have used.
“Justice is the moral quality of individuals receiving fair treatment in their interactions with other individuals and government. It also gives the possibility of redress when violations occur.”
Both the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures discuss and expound on the quality of justice in all of its usages in the original languages. These usages, consistent with our definition, give us an idea and a goal for justice in our interactions.
At this point, having surveyed the Biblical material, we must turn to certain questions. The first question goes to the attributes of God. God is a God of justice. Moses proclaimed, “The Rock—His work is perfect; all His ways are entirely just. A faithful God, without prejudice, He is righteous and true” (Deuteronomy 32:4, HCSB). As an attribute of God, justice flows from His character and His holiness. How does justice flow from the attributes of God? This is the area to which we must turn.