Deuteronomy 16:18 (KJV) Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment.
How do we address injustices? The Word of God provides a five-step prescription for the application of justice within the community. Through proper application of and adherence to these five steps, we can ensure the equitable treatment of all persons.
The five steps are:
- Place the concern before the Lord,
- Deal courageously, faithfully and with a perfect heart in the fear of the Lord,
- Do not turn aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or the left,
- Remain impartial as one responsible for the dispensing of the Lord’s justice within the community with fairness, and
- Search diligently for the truth to protect justice from human fallibility.
Proverbs 1:3 (KJV) To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
Any quest for justice is subject to human error so long as the human condition is involved in the process. When considering our present crisis, here are a few things to consider:
- Protesting peacefully can have positive outcomes,
- Violence and rioting will have negative outcomes and also overshadow the initial purpose of seeking justice,
- Defunding law enforcement will pave the way for increased lawlessness, and
- Those individuals responsible for dispensing justice must also be held accountable for adhering to the law and administering justice equitably.
When following the steps of the judicial process from a Biblical perspective, in conjunction with our daily engagement with the Word of God and prayer, the justice of God will go forth with great power and force. In the end, justice alone will prevail above all else.