The concept of justice is a hot topic which began centuries ago. More recently, the discussion has intensified, especially in light of the violence played out across the globe, from Missouri to Mexico to Honduras to Cleveland to New York. As questions arise about the justice system, we ask what are the many faces of justice?
The word justice means “moral rightness, equity, honor and fairness,” according to The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. It refers to “the administration and procedure of law.” It revolves around “fair handling, due reward or treatment.”
Webster’s College Dictionary describes justice as “the moral principle determining just conduct” and “to cause to come before a court for trial or to receive punishment for one’s misdeeds.” Justice is used to describe “a judicial officer, a judge or magistrate.” To be concise, justice is the “quality of being true or correct.”
One Hebrew word for justice is Mishpat. When translated, it means “to treat people equitably,” says Hebrew4Christians.com. “It means acquitting or punishing every person on the merits of the case regardless of race or social status.”
Would you believe that one of the names of God is Elohei Mishpat which means “God of Justice?
Which definition or view of justice do you agree with?
Today, as you consider the many faces of justice, examine the face of justice in your community, nation and judicial system. Finally, how does God administer justice based on His just and righteous perspective? Contrast the way you see justice with how God determines justice. Take a moment to think about it.