Do Justice

He has told you, O man, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 6:8

We know God wants all of us as we seek to worship Him. He wants our actions, our emotions, and our character.

So what does it mean to offer God our actions? To do justice with our lives?

First, why must we act justly?

Justice reflects the character of our God.

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.
Isaiah 30:18

We are God's image-bearers, and He has given us authority over the rest of His creation.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Genesis 1:26

To have dominion means to have sovereignty or control over something. This, however, does not mean we are to treat it harshly. We are to exercise our control over creation with the same care and stewardship our God does. He did not look at what He made and say, "This is good for exploiting." He looked at all that He had made, and said, "This is good."

That is why we must act with justice and responsibility.

Second, how do we act justly?

Let's look at what God considers just:

He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.
Deuteronomy 10:18

You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous.
Deuteronomy 16:19

...learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.
Isaiah 1:17

God cares deeply about those who are often ignored, neglected, or mistreated. He refers to Himself as a Father to the fatherless and a Husband to the husbandless. We are called upon to do the same.

Christians should be more concerned about, involved with, and moved to compassion for causes such as orphan care, refugee programs, and organizations that love on the widowed and the elderly. We can't leave our responsibility to care for God's creation to people who don't even know the God who created all this! It is just to take the first step, to be at the front lines of the battle over justice for the orphan, the widow, and the foreigner. That is the heart of our God.

We are also held very responsible for how we do business. Are Christians people of integrity? The world does not always think we are, but we ought to be the example because Christ is the example of integrity.

Do not think that God cares only for humans. Certainly, we are the only part of creation that bears God's image (Genesis 1:26), but He does declare His glory through the beauty of nature (Psalm 8:3). We as His children, His ambassadors, His image-bearers, have the privilege to care for and to nourish this earth.

And we must. Yes, this earth is temporary, but it is the handiwork of Almighty God, and that in itself is reason to steward it with wisdom. We have been given divine permission to use it for food (Acts 10:15) or clothing (Genesis 3:21) as needed, but we must not exploit and destroy it.

I don't consider myself an environmental or animal rights activist, but I am made in God's image, and I am redeemed from my sinful nature (which was bent toward destruction) to be a new creation (interesting how God uses that wording to describe those who are saved). I am made to do justice, not only to my fellow image-bearers, but to all of God's creation.

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
James 1:27


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Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

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