- How would you define "justice?"
- God calls us to do justice. How?
- Is God's justice different from our justice?
Reading: Deuteronomy 10: 12-21
You may find yourself in places where you are asked to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. I have to admit, recently I was at a meeting where the gathered recited this and it had been quite a while since I spoke aloud those words I learned in elementary school.
In the Pledge of Allegiance, we end by saying, “and liberty and justice for all.” What does justice mean? To me, it means fairness: not showing partiality, taking into account all sides, and making a decision that is the best based on the circumstances.
How does God call us to do justice? We need to treat everyone equally, I believe. We need to be willing to serve those in need in our communities. We need to put aside differences and be willing to work together for the common good. We also need to love strangers. We need to fear the Lord, walking in God’s ways, keep the commandments, and most importantly, love our Lord.
And who will be the judge of whether we live up to these requirements? The Lord God when we stand before the judgment seat. I think if we make an effort to follow God’s ways, when we get to that seat, God, with open arms, will give us a big hug and welcome us to the kingdom! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Pray for justice.