Some notes from the book “Just Courage: God’s Great Expedition for the Restless Christian” by Gary A. Haugen:
“The sin of injustice is defined in the Bible as the abuse of power – abusing power by taking from others the good things that God intended for them, namely, their life, liberty, dignity, or the fruits of their love or their labor. In other words, when a stronger person abuses his or her power by taking from a weaker person what God alone has given the weaker person -…”
“Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker”
-Proverbs 14:31 NRSV
In-justice is a particularly egregious evil because the sufferer (the weaker person who is being acted on) isn’t suffering because of a random unfairness, an uncontrollable act of nature or bad luck; but because of the very intentional abuse and oppression of a stronger person.
“(caring for the poor of Africa…) is not a matter of charity; it’s a matter of justice”
“…we can give all manner of goods and services to the poor, but if we do not restrain the hands of the bullies from taking it away, we will be disappointed in the long-term outcome of our efforts.”
Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.
Violence is just different. Violence is intentional. Violence is scary. And violence causes deep scars.
Those who prey upon the poor are not brave. They only prey upon the poor when they think they can… Most fundamentally the predators (the instigators of injustice) are afraid of the truth.
Justice is the aura of God. It is something every human understands, even from the time they are small children, but something that doesn’t exist as part of “the world.” In a universe that has absolutely no concept of fairness; every being on this planet, regardless of race, creed, or belief, screams out for justice. Those that pursue it are considered the greatest examples of mankind. Those who die for it are considered martyrs and saints. And those who stand in opposition to it will forever be judged on the wrong side of history.
“Ultimately we can choose to be safe or brave. We cannot be both.”