\\ J U S T I C E \\ noun | jus·tice | \ˈjəs-təs\
Webster 1828: JUST'ICE, n. [L. justitia, from justus, just.] 1. The virtue which consists in giving to every one what is his due; practical conformity to the laws and to principles of rectitude in the dealings of men with each other; honesty; 4. Vindictive retribution; merited punishment. Sooner or later, justice overtakes the criminal. 5. Right; application of equity.
Merriam-Webster today: the quality of being just, impartial, or fair : the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action :conformity to this principle or ideal : righteousness the quality of conforming to law
I chose this word a long time ago. Before today ever happened.
Not everyone who may read this will agree with me, but if we all agreed, life would be boring. I'm going to start today's W O R D off with a passage from the Bible. Hang with me.
"...but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. Therefore justice is far from us, and righteousness does not overtake us; we hope for light, and behold, darkness, and for brightness, but we walk in gloom. We grope for the wall like the blind; we grope like those who have no eyes; we stumble at noon as in the twilight, among those in full vigor we are like dead men. Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the public squares, and uprightness cannot enter. Truth is lacking, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. The Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice."
Isaiah 59:2, 9-10, 14-15 ESV
I watch the outcry that has occurred because of the events today.
Hate, in any form or fashion, is still hate. Murder is still murder and sin is still sin. All of which are wrong.
There are reactions to what Donald Trump has said, reactions to what activists have said, reactions to what the common person has said.
The atmosphere of the world in which we live are a direct result of the actions we take which are the result of what we B E L I E V E.
Just yesterday my heart weighed heavy as I read of a 22 year old artist who was shot dead while signing autographs for her fans. Today, 50 people are dead after a shooting in Orlando, FL at a gay club.
When I hear of these deaths or situations or events I look up and ask, "Why?!"
People turn and tweet about how love is stronger than hate. Others use it as an opportunity to talk about their political agenda and gun control.
I live in a world where everyone does what is right in their own eyes A N D in a generation, whether you believe it or not, that does not know God.
From the beginning of time, since Cain killed Abel, we ask, "Where is the justice?!"
Jesus Christ has called me to love others, to stop help when people pass, to feed and to clothe, to give life and hope wherever I go.
He also commands me not do condone sin, no matter how seemingly great or small it is.
This world is evil. There are good things in it - family, Netflix, and Mugshots' Patty Melt, but at its heart, it's core, it is evil and you don't have to look far to see it.
Events such as the kind that happened today cause us to ask questions. Questions which we think and ponder on, but for the most part after a while they fall to the side and we go back to our lives.
We are, from birth, born with the inclination to do wrong and will continue to do wrong until that condition is wrecked by Jesus Christ. After coming to Him, we still do wrong. Sometimes things we'd rather forget. But with His grace, mercy, and forgiveness we get back up and keep moving on.
But what if that wall isn't wrecked? What if our hate, or pride, and our selfishness continue to grow?
People act foolishly, evilly, and without thought. The results are seen in incidents like the ones that happened today, yesterday, and ones that have been going on since the beginning of time.
Our prayers aren't just needed today. My country needs prayers everyday.
Where is the justice?
God will give each man according to His works, but in the meantime, it is up to us to do what we can each and every single day.
To do justice. Right and fair by our friends and those around us.
To love kindness. Not just acting kind, but B E I N G kind, loving, tenderhearted forgiving others in Christ just as he forgave us.
And walking humbly with our God. Surrendering our mind, will, and emotions to Him everyday.