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Monday, December 27, 2010

Generous Justice

Holly Jackson gave me a wonderful book for Christmas-Generous Justice.  This book is written by a current favorite of mine; Timothy Keller.  Holly knows I love Tim Keller's writing and teaching,  Pastor of New York City's Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

He begins the book with a verse from Micah,  Chapter 6, verse 8
"what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

I can't wait to jump into this book with quotes such as, God's heart is a heart of Justice. 

 What is justice?  I think we believe it is payment for sin, but that is actually a modern thought, not a biblical thought.  Below are two definitions of Justice/ one, biblical/ another, contemporary legal.  

"Justice is defined by the process more than by the outcome.... Have the right rules and processes been followed? If so, justice was done.
The appeals process in the U.S.... usually center on whether correct procedures have been followed. An appeals court does not examine the original evidence in itself."

- H. Zehr, Changing Lenses, p. 78

"The test of justice in the biblical view is not whether the right rules are applied in the right way. Justice is tested by the outcome. The tree is tested by its fruit.... Does the outcome work to make things right? Are things being made right for the poor and the least powerful, the least 'deserving'? Biblical justice focuses on right relationships, not right rules."

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