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Embracing Justice in the New Year

embracing justiceJustice, in the eyes of God, is viewed a bit differently than we, humans, view Justice. Giving God His due through worship, praise and thanksgiving is justice in God’s eyes. Respecting one’s neighbor’s goods and family is justice in God’s eyes. Embracing Justice, as God would like us to do, is not as easy as it sounds.

The number of people who take the time on Sundays to worship God; to give Him praise and thanksgiving, is dwindling as each decade passes. We, as humans, are not giving God His due. In addition, we, as humans, fail to give the rightful respect due to our fellow men. Look at all the bickering you see on the news; the divisiveness rising in the country and around the world.

Types of Justice

Justice resides in the will of every person. Yet, a truly just person distinguishes himself by right reason and upright conduct. There are three different types of Justice. These forms of Justice enable us to live up to the call of giving one’s neighbor their just due:

Commutative Justice is concerned with the mutual dealings between two individuals. When one is wronged by another, Commutative Justice requires the wrong-doer to correct the wrong-doing to the best means possible. Take, for example, a civil law suit. One person believes that he has been wronged by another, so he sues the wrong doer. The wronged person seeks restitution in court because he hasn’t been able to work thinks out with the wrong doer. Had these two people acted uprightly and respected each other, they would not need to go to court. With good intentions, they each would have sought justice for the other.

Distributive Justice is concerned with how a government, or municipality, handles the relationship between the government and the community, with the goal to interact harmoniously and peaceably. Governments exist to serve the people. When governments malfunction, the people suffer. Take, for example, the frequent US Government shutdowns that occur because lawmakers cannot come to agreement as to how the distribution of money should be spent. If all lawmakers were to keep the common good in mind, rather than appealing to minority factions, distributive justice could be applied with peace and harmony.

Social Justice is the awareness of socio-economic inequality and taking efforts to create opportunity and means for those less fortunate. Social Justice addresses any discriminate practice that demeans the human being, such as human-trafficking, degrading immigration policies, economic inequality, genocide, homelessness, etc.

Embracing Justice

It is incumbent upon each of us to give God and neighbor their just due, by embracing these three forms of Justice.  Embracing Justice requires us to look outside ourselves and see the needs of others. Then we must act accordingly to address those needs. Give God His due by giving Him your time on Sundays. Give your neighbor his due by respecting his property and personhood.

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