WEEK 1: Everyone deserves justice
“If I have denied justice to any of my servants, whether male or female, when they had a grievance against me, what will I do when God confronts me? What will I answer when called to account? Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?” (Job 31:13-15, NIV)
Job was a man of wealth and stature, but he knew he was not more special than his servants. He confessed that the same God who formed him in his mother’s womb also formed his servants, and that they deserved justice just as much as he did. Taking into account that this was written during the days of slavery, it teaches us that justice has nothing to do with one’s position in life, and that even a slave or servant deserves justice.
Not all people on earth get to enjoy the same wealth during their lives, but how wealthy you are should not determine whether you receive justice or not. Many people believe that the troubles we have in this world – whether it is petty theft or global war – are due to inequality of wealth, but the true root of our troubles is injustice. It does not matter how much money you have or earn; the moment you feel you are being treated unjustly, you get angry. Peace can only reign in a home, in the work place and in a country if every person in those environments feels they are being treated justly.
Like Job, Christians should be known as people of justice – not just justice for some, but justice for all. When people see how we treat everybody with equal justice, they will see we are different, because although the world preaches justice, it does not practise it. Let’s show God’s character to the world by dealing justly with everybody, no matter what their position might be.