Our good friend Noah Webster defined the word injustice as:
1 : absence of justice : violation of right or of the rights of another
2 : an unjust act
If you tune into your favorite news or media outlet, you are bound to find something about social outrage, injustice, discrimination, cultural division and culture clashing, and hatred for fellow man for a multitude of reasons. The fever pitch of these media mainstays almost certainly culminate in social protest, civil unrest, and some into utter chaos. Why is destruction and fire necessary at a “peaceful protest?” Why is the destruction of others’ property legitimize your cause? Why are spectacles and abominations the right ingredients to bring about justice and resolution?
The answers are as simple as this: It’s not, It’s not, and They’re not.
Injustice does not breed justice, it just breeds more injustice! The world is so polarized right now (in truth it may have always been, we are just more inundated with the realization of it) that there is no middle ground, no compromise, no compassion for the plight of others.
Part of the reality of life is that we are horrible judges because we are justified in our own minds. The Scriptures speak rather plainly about judgement:
Mattityahu (Matthew) 7:1-5:
(1) “Do not judge, lest you be judged.
(2) “For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged. And with the same measure you use, it shall be measured to you.
(3) “And why do you look at the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the plank in your own eye?
(4) “Or how is it that you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the splinter out of your eye,’ and see, a plank is in your own eye?
(5) “Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you shall see clearly to remove the splinter out of your brother’s eye.
The Scriptures also speak to us about trading “evil for evil:”
Romiyim (Romans) 12:17-21:
(17) Repay no one evil for evil. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.
(18) If possible, on your part, be at peace with all men.
(19) Beloved, do not revenge yourselves, but give place to the wrath, for it has been written, “Vengeance is Mine, I shall repay says Yahweh (20) Instead, if your enemy hungers, feed him; if he thirsts, give him a drink, for in so doing you shall heap coals of fire on his head.”
(21) Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
And This of the treatment of those who disagree with you:
Mattiyahu (Matthew) 5:38-48:
(38) “You heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,’
(39) but I say to you, do not resist the wicked. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. (40) “And he who wishes to sue you and take away your inner garment, let him have your outer garment as well.
(41) “And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.
(42) “Give to him who asks of you, and from him who wishes to borrow from you, do not turn away.
(43) “You heard that it was said,1 ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ (Footnote: 1Hate your enemy was “said,” not “written.” )
(44) “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those cursing you, do good to those hating you, and pray for those insulting you and persecuting you,
(45) so that you become sons of your Father in the heavens. Because He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.1 Footnote: 1Lk. 6:35, Acts 14:16-17.
(46) “For if you love those loving you, what reward have you? Are the tax collectors not doing the same too?
(47) “And if you greet your brothers only, what do you do more than others? Are the tax collectors not doing so too?
(48) “Therefore, be perfect,1 as your Father in the heavens is perfect. Footnote: 1Ex. 17:1, Ps. 119:1, 1 John 2:5, Heb. 6:1