I've been listening to some interesting podcasts from the creators of the Bible Project. There was one conversation that particularly attracted my attention; here's a short review.
Michael Sandel, a Harvard law professor, identified 3 visions of "Justice". Any given person will generally lean towards one of these views of justice.
- Maximising Welfare - justice is: the greatest good and least harm for the most people
- Respecting Freedoms - justice is: the rights and freedoms for each individual to live as they wish
- Promoting Virtue - justice shapes a society so people act as they ought to in accordance with moral virtue
We can see these visions of justice divide political groups and communities, but the Bible has a place for all of these.
An example of maximizing welfare and promoting virtue is in Zechariah 7:9-10 : Thus has the LORD of hosts said, 'Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother; and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.'
And an example of social justice and liberty is in Isaiah 61:1 : The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.
Today let's embrace all the ways that God's justice works.