All houses are built upon foundations that support or hold the weight of everything that is built upon them. Scripture says that righteousness and justice are the foundation of God’s throne. This is where I get my definition of biblical Justice (the equitable and impartial application of the rule of God’s moral law in society).
Righteousness is God’s standards for humanity which He has laid out in Scripture, while justice is a term used for “what is right” or “as it should be.” When you put those two together, biblical justice becomes an action of applying God’s moral standards toward each other. In other words, we shouldn’t just talk about justice, we are to exercise it. This is why Scripture clearly commands us “to do justice.”
Biblical justice is rooted in seeking the welfare of those who are unable to fend for themselves. Why? Because these are the kinds of people who frequently get abused and treated unjustly. Scripture tells us to show care and concern for the poor, widows, orphans and foreigners. It also applies to groups of people who get targeted by systematic oppression based on race. Simply put, we are to defend and seek the welfare of those who are most vulnerable to suffer from injustice. The Bible tells us to “do good to everyone,” so justice extends to anybody who is being treated unfairly. So when we see situations that aren’t right, meaning they go against God’s moral standards, it is our duty as believers to take action. We can’t just talk about justice; we must do justice. That’s why Micah 6:8 says, “Do justice.” It does not talk about how we should feel or not feel toward justice. It says we are to do it.
- Psalm 89:14
- Isaiah 1:17
- Galatians 6:10
- Jeremiah 22:3
- Micah 6:8