Justice is like all our responsibility
EDITOR’S NOTE: âJustice Looks Likeâ¦â is a special series in the Voice column. Readers will have the opportunity to view justice from many perspectives. The series is based on each writer’s understanding of the scriptures and their relationship to Jesus Christ. Writers present their own views independently of any institution, unless otherwise stated in their biography.
You are encouraged to listen to every writer without prejudice. Then strike up a conversation with others around you about what justice looks like to you.
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âRighteousness and righteousness are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness precede you â(Psalm 89:14).
The word âjusticeâ carries with it the concepts of fairness, respect, equity, peace, impartiality and decency (Oxford, 2020).
These concepts are implicit in the US Constitution. All citizens have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness based on the United States Declaration of Independence.
These implicit concepts of freedom were denied to black Americans. Consider that the slave trade began in America in 1619. The end of slavery was mandated in 1865 by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. From 1877 to 1964, black Americans were subject to the segregationist rules of the Jim Crow laws that denied justice – fairness, respect, fairness, peace, impartiality and decency – thus treating these citizens differently from other Americans.
I believe, however, that there are places to start the process.
Where to start
There has to be a restructuring of how laws are disproportionately applied to black Americans and other people of color. The universal church must speak out on issues of injustice, not just black and brown church leaders. Finally, those who profess faith in Christ are to hold each other responsible for righteousness and righteousness.
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There has to be a restructuring of how laws disproportionately disadvantage black Americans and other people of color. Over 3,000 lynchings of black Americans took place from 1882 to 1968. During this time, homes and churches were burned down and blacks were murdered without any judicial or legal recourse.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended the Jim Crow segregationist laws and, in essence, granted civil liberties to Americans who were denied those freedoms. Despite this, with the murder of Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012 through May 25, 2020, the eyes of the world have been focused on the modern day lynching, as seen in the televised murder of George Floyd in the knee of an official. , a policeman.
Politicians disproportionately use redlining to leave black Americans and other people of color without bank funding to buy new homes in different areas of a city or to get approved for loans to repair their homes. The vestiges of this practice remain in force across the United States.
I suggest that justice should be like something we have never seen or experienced before as a country and as a people.
Working groups could be created to monitor how civil liberties are respected in industries and the penalties applied in case of infringement.
The universal church must join with black and brown church leaders in speaking out on issues of injustice.
In an interview with Trinity Broadcasting Network, Tony Evans spoke about the silence of white religious leaders regarding the plight of black Americans killed on the streets in the past five years. Evans has suggested that the lack of fairness among God’s rule has been absent and silent. He further said, “People will say things that they believe morally, but not talk about things that imply the dignity of others.”
Evans urged the church and its leaders to adopt, not only a “nine month life program, but a lifelong program” that makes black lives count. Only then do we represent God’s program as a church, he said.
The responsibility to speak out, to educate and to teach does not rest only with those who are wronged; all who believe in righteousness must speak out. All of our leaders are needed to advocate for fairness, respect, equity, peace, impartiality and decency.
Justice concerns us all
Martin Luther King Jr. said, âInjustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of reciprocity, linked in a single garment of destiny. Everything that affects one directly, affects all indirectly. This talks about my last suggested action.
We the people must take our responsibilities if there is to be a change. I cannot – you can – no longer allow myself to stand idly by as injustice continues.
This will require us to hold each other accountable for speaking out and speaking out when we witness or suffer injustice.
God demands not only justice from us, but also justice. It is our responsibility when we promulgate the scripture which says, “By this all shall know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one another” (John 13:35).
Reverend Debra F. Bell is the Owner and Senior Consultant for P3Coaching and Consulting. Debra is a certified coach, trainer and speaker with the John Maxwell team. She currently serves at The Church Without Walks and as Associate Director of Career Services at Houston Baptist University.
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