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Everyday Justice

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Date: January 14, 2018

Speaker: Jay O'Brien

Series: Everyday Faith

Scripture: Micah 6:8

Everyday justice requires understanding biblical justice

He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. - Deuteronomy 10:18-19

 

[God] who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. - Psalm 146:7-9

Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker but he who is generous to the needy honors him. - Proverbs 14:31

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.” - Zecheriah 7:9-10

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. - Matthew 23:23

 

What is biblical justice?

 

  • Justice is giving people created in the image of God what they are due - prosecution and protection 
  • Justice is a reflection of God's character 

"The whole concept of the imago Dei … is the idea that all men have something within them that God injected. Not that they have substantial unity with God, but that every man has a capacity to have fellowship with God. And this gives him uniqueness…. There are no gradations in the image of God. Every man from a treble white to a bass black is significant on God’s keyboard, precisely because every man is made in the image of God. One day we will learn that. We will know one day that God made us to live together as brothers and to respect the dignity and worth of every man. This is why we must fight segregation with all of our non-violent might.”

  • Justice is executed by God's people personally and socially 

 

 

 

Everyday justice is expressed through:

 

  • Kindness
  • Generosity 
  • Social Reform 
  • Empowering