18 You shall appoint judges and officials throughout your tribes, in all your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, and they shall render just decisions for the people. 19 You must not distort justice; you must not show partiality; and you must not accept bribes, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of those who are in the right. 20 Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, so that you may live and occupy the land that the Lord your God is giving you. (Deuteronomy 16:18-20)
Since the earliest times, God has been concerned with justice. This is because God is true; and truth and justice go hand in hand. Justice is a concept that makes no sense outside a human context. Mountains cannot be just, or lions, or trees. They are true to their own nature, and they can be nothing else. This is one reason why many of us find it so refreshing to spend time with animals and plants: they don’t lie, they don’t seek their own advantage at another’s expense, or take a bribe. But people can do all of these things, and they often do.
Are you concerned with justice? If so, are you following in your own life the plain and clear formula that God sets out here? Justice is not only a matter for the courts and the police, but starts in our everyday actions and attitudes.