As mentioned in the previous post, our Pledge of Allegiance ends with the line, “and liberty and justice for all.” One of the particularly disturbing aspects of our pledge is that though we learned it in grade school, most Americans have a warped understanding of liberty and as we will see today, perhaps even a more warped view of justice.
A basic definition of justice is “the act of being just or fair.” This definition is lacking in that it does not deal with the question of what is just nor of what is fair. Justice, you see, must be defined in terms of a system of ethics.
It should be obvious, but the ethics taught by Jesus and the Bible are very different from the ethics espoused by most moderns. Since that is true, the justice that the Bible demands must be very different from modern conceptions of justice. A prime example of this can be seen in the recent debates and discussion over same sex marriage. It has been claimed over and over by certain individuals that this issue of same sex marriage is an issue of equal justice for all.
Marriage is perhaps the oldest institution known to mankind. Marriage was established in the 2nd Chapter of Genesis:
22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
God established marriage, and in doing that He also defined marriage. Marriage is the joining of a man and a woman and the two becoming one flesh. The idea that two men can marry one another, or two women can marry one another is not an expansion of marriage, but a perversion. Any society that perverts God’s law must also of necessity pervert God’s justice.
Now I can see and understand how unbelieving pagans would try and make this issue about justice, but what really is disturbing is when professed believers make the same claim. It becomes apparent that their view of justice has been shaped more by the world than by the Word of God!
True justice, at least according to the Bible, is not possible when God’s law is rejected as the standard for a people. We live in a society that see’s injustice everywhere. This is not by accident. Two thousand years ago an angry mob in Jerusalem had justice standing in their very midst and cried out, “We will not have this man to rule over us.” We may look aghast at them, but in a very real sense we have done the same thing in our churches and in our nation when we disregard the law of God in exchange it for natural law or so called common sense. Every law system has a different view of justice.
The justice that is brought about by a society that embraces same sex marriage and the justice that brings about reconciliation with Christ the King are two different justices. When we say and justice for all we must make sure we identify whose justice we are seeking.