It’s aggravating when perfectly decent words are politicized to the point of changing their original meaning — or, worse, politicized to the point that you can’t even remember the original meaning anymore.
Take the word “justice.” It’s a perfectly good word with an important meaning. The Cambridge English Dictionary defines “just” as “morally correct” and “justice” as “the condition of being morally correct or fair.”
But let’s be honest about the Left’s weaponization of the word “justice.” These radicals — at least the elites manning the movement’s controls — don’t care about real justice. They care about “social” justice, which is just a Marxist scheme, and we all see how that’s turning out for America.
Why do I say they don’t care about real justice? Because if they did, they’d advocate for applying the exact same standards of justice to every person, of every background, without reservation. They’d advocate for real victims and against real criminals, every time, proportionally.
But we know they do no such thing. Notice how these radicals never advocate for David Dorn, the black, retired police captain who was tragically murdered during last summer’s Black Lives Matter riots in St. Louis. Outrageously, the man charged in his murder had been convicted of felony robbery in 2014 and sentenced to seven years in prison, yet he never served time for even a day! News outlets at the time noted that Stephan Cannon instead got probation under a suspended execution of sentence, violated probation twice, received two more breaks and then walked free.
Hey, BLM: Anything to say about this incredible injustice that resulted in the death of a precious black life that mattered? We’re still waiting. Duly noted.
The mostly white Woke Evangelical leaders are also a bunch of cherry-picking virtue-signalers in this regard. They will scream and shout and fist-wave all day long about how “white evangelicals” don’t care about “justice.” They did this while simultaneously saying nothing to defend the churches whose First Amendment rights were trampled by tyrannical Leftist politicians in the name of COVID-19 “public health.” Sorry, they actually did say something about it. They chastised the churches for not “loving their neighbors” by staying closed, even as these same Pharisees marched in person for “racial justice” and bragged about it on the Internet. With friends like these, who needs enemies?
The hypocrisy is disgusting enough, but what you end up with at the end of this trail is even worse. This unjust “fight for justice” inevitably ends with gross injustice, because people are not treated equally when it comes to seeking justice. They are just reduced to either useful or useless tools for political aims. Throw them into their separate columns. Those whose stories work well to advance Leftist goals are practically deified (sometimes despite glaring evidence to the contrary), while people whose stories don’t advance Leftist goals are pathologically ignored, even if their stories meet every “injustice” standard that the Left claims to care about.
For instance, have you ever wondered why Leftists aren’t holding outraged marches for justice on behalf of Uber Eats driver Mohammad Anwar?
Or Ashli Babbitt?
We know exactly why they’re not marching for these people. But that’s why the Left needs to stop abusing the word “justice” by claiming that’s what they seek. No, it isn’t what they seek. The leaders seek a full-blown revolution and only use certain names as pawns for “justice” to upend the entire country. Meanwhile, has anyone noticed, or does anyone care, that justice for some inevitably results in justice for none? Maybe someone who grew up in a Banana Republic could shed some light on this concept for the unenlightened.
Praise the Lord that we still have a precious true north in His Word. The Bible, sharper than any two-edged sword, reminds us what justice really is when it says: “When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.” (Proverbs 21:15)
In other words, actual justice does its moral job just as God intended. It’s a good thing for everyone when true justice prevails in our court system, based on facts and evidence. It is just when evildoers are punished, because that is a moral good that their victims deserve. And it’s also just when innocent men are exonerated, because that is a moral good that the falsely accused deserve. Justice is important in order for the whole society to function well.
Do we, or can we, ever get it right in every court case, every time? Of course not, but that should be the goal. And if we still believed that “justice is blind” and had the collective ability to engage in rational thought instead of knee-jerk emotionalism based on today’s most-outraged tweets, we’d have our heads on straight about these matters. Everyone should be treated fairly and equally under the law. But that isn’t what Leftists want, you see?
We have to remember, too, that the entire system of American justice is rooted in the objective standard that God is just, and His law is just. He is perfectly holy. His moral standards are immovable and therefore utterly inoculated against the pressures and prejudices of any human political demands.
And don’t forget this: One day, every single human being will be called to account before the ultimate Judge who makes no mistakes and is politically swayed by no one. The Lord Jesus Christ will judge unbelievers at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev. 20:11-15) and believers at the Bema Seat (I Cor. 4:5, II Cor. 5:10). And His judgment will be flawless. For those sinners who have repented and trusted in Jesus as Lord and savior, the justice we deserve was paid for at the cross, and His righteousness was imputed to us by faith. But for those who die in their sins, never having received the offer of forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus Christ, justice awaits them in an eternal lake of fire. In both cases, God is perfectly just.
That is why, amid my personal frustration and occasional desperation over the grave injustices I read about in the news every day, I always remember something my mom used to say. As a kid, I’d occasionally complain to her about someone mistreating me and getting away with it. And she’d say: “Honey, ultimately, no one gets away with anything.” As Abraham phrased it, “Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?”
Yes, He will. And in these last days, that’s a very comforting truth.