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Justice and The News

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The news hit Hillary Clinton this past weekend like Mike Tyson hit Michael Spinks.  Yesterday on air, Hewitt read most of the WSJ’s stunning piece, “Meltdown at Justice.” It is clear that our current government is not providing us with justice.  That’s a topic that deserves deep and thoughtful exploration on all sorts of levels.  For now I just want to jot some notes on avenues worthy of discussion and thought.

First, no matter who wins the World Series, it will be unjust to the other team.  Both of them have such extraordinary losing streaks that to deny one of them is to heap coals of injustice on that team.  Humility in victory is the key to a just outcome for this World Series.

Secondly, consider this from Mark Steyn:

Weiner is an ambitious man with apparently insatiable sexual proclivities. Until 2013 he thought those two primal drives were reconcilable. The sex cost him his ambition – and is now threatening his liberty. He has very little standing between him and the abyss – other than what he knows about his wife and her patrons.

Anthony Weiner’s “insatiable sexual proclivities” may be about to bring down an entire political empire.  There is a lesson in there about the unrestrained pursuit of sexual liberation.  Our current age is marked by rapid and huge shifts in sexual mores.  These shifts are often justified by the question, “Who gets hurt?”  Well, unintended consequences can be pretty significant.  No one would have thought that Anthony Weiner’s “personal issues” would bring down the Clinton political empire, but here we are.

Thirdly,…

…in my lifetime I can think of no figure that pursued justice with more sacrifice or vigor than Martin Luther King Jr.  In his famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” King says:

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.

King’s speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize is entitled “The Quest for Peace and Justice.”  In light of this, can someone please explain to me how we have come to a place where the first African-American president’s Justice Department is to all appearances the least just in modern times?

Finally, I wrote in September about God being “The Source of Justice.”  The absence of justice so apparent in the news of recent days is another sign that we are a society operating separated from that source.  God sent Isaiah to call Israel back to Himself.  Through Isaiah God says to all “who pursue righteousness:”

Pay attention to Me, O My people,
And give ear to Me, O My nation;
For a law will go forth from Me,
And I will set My justice for a light of the peoples.
“My righteousness is near, My salvation has gone forth,
And My arms will judge the peoples;
The coastlands will wait for Me,
And for My arm they will wait expectantly.

The current and apparent absence of justice in our nation is a vacuum into which should flow the church. Justice comes from God and God will set it as a light in a dark time.  It is not ours to force justice on this currently unjust nation, but it is ours to shine the light of true justice.  This is no time to hide, withdraw or complain.  We of Christ, and we alone, hold the key to restoring justice to our nation.  But we have to let the nation know we have it.

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