Google “define (a word)”, and the top return is a nice little summary of the most common uses and definitions of that word. Very handy and quick. Especially if you’re writing a post like this – one that contains a lot of deep, deep, self-righteous or ‘self-righting’ thought.
True Justice, yes. A very righteous thing. True justice is justice for all, right? Unfortunately, isn’t that an impossible thing, really?
Look, in truth, every single thought, action, circumstance, speech we experience is our story and leads us quite reasonably to speak and act the way we do. Did. Quite reasonably. From our specific point of view, frame of mind, at that exact time. We fully know that story.
In essence, everything then becomes our desperate attempts to rationalize, explain, describe, vindicate, and justify ourselves, desperately seeking true justice.
Check out these definitions, in the order I looked them up:
rationalize v – attempt to explain or justify behavior or attitude with logical, plausible reasons even if these are not true or appropriate
explain v – make (an idea, situation, or problem) clear to someone by describing it in more detail
describe v – give an account in words, including all the relevant characteristics, qualities, or events
vindicate v – clear of blame or suspicion
excuse v – attempt to lessen the blame attaching to (a fault or offense); seek to defend or justify
justify v – show or prove to be right or reasonable
How’s that for a train of thought? Think your way through this for something you’ve done that you know was wrong or harmful. (“It’s not my fault!”)
Think through it when you were the one wronged or harmed! (“There’s no excuse!”)
True justice considers all details from every side, right? And everyone has right and reasonable defense for their words or actions. Impossible! Who really is the victim/perpetrator?
“The condition for a great miracle is impossibility, and [God is] capable of doing the impossible.” – Adam Houge, Refreshed in Christ 30-Day Devotional Day 13. Therein lies the answer. The Good News about True Justice delivered to all.
God also fully knows all of our stories. Maybe even better than we know our own story. He sees each thought, each tear, each tear (lol, read that again and pronounce the duplicated words differently – I’m so wordly clever, eh?), each hurt and harm, and each sin. He understands the cause and ‘justification’ for each. And in the actions by His own divine self, in the person of Jesus Christ, He pays for all the bad parts. He then exonerates and pardons us:
exonerate v – absolve (officially) from blame for a fault or wrongdoing, especially after careful consideration [of all sides] of the case
pardon v – the action of forgiving or being forgiven for an error or offense
We are born innocent, sterile like fluids leaving the body. But an instant later, the very air of this broken and perverted world corrupts us. It’s unavoidable. It’s hardly fair to any of us.
Fair adj – in accordance with the rules or standards
agreeing with what is thought to be right or acceptable [to all]; treating people equally
without favoritism or discrimination
God – the Creator – sets the rules and standards. He wants all to be saved.
God wants everyone to be saved and to fully understand the truth.
1 Timothy 2:4 ERV
Christ makes the impossible, possible – miraculously! We all get to be saved. We are each treated to true justice after deliberate consideration by the Supreme judge, who knows every detail of each case, and understands the why behind it all. He finds us each innocent. Truly, that is most valuable.
Save v – keep safe or rescue from [doing or receiving] harm or danger
Find n – a discovery of something valuable; v – discover after a deliberate search; recognize and discover something to be present
Deliberate adj – done consciously and intentionally; v – engage in long and careful consideration
If anyone could know – could literally be in our shoes – our life fully, would they not have done exactly as we did? That’s a big question. That’s true equality, all things really being equal. What makes us who we are?
God knows, and understands.
True Justice Absolves Guilt.
Absolve v – set or declare free from blame, guilt, or responsibility