Lady Justice can be traced back to the time of the Greeks and Maat, another symbol of justice, goes back even further, to ancient Africa. Both symbols express the human desire to be treated fairly. Justice shouldn’t depend on a person’s wealth, race, creed, or color. The lack of resources ought not to keep a person from getting a fair trial and sentencing. Thankfully, God, the final Judge has perfect knowledge and wisdom. He renders flawless decisions when he judges. God is never rash in the way He deals with us. He disciplines us to refine our character and induce us toward behavior that reflects the moral likeness of His Son Jesus. We read this in Isaiah Chapter 55: God says, “‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts…’ ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.’” God wisely judges our motives and actions. We read in Lamentations Chapter 3, “Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion because of the greatness of his unfailing love. For he does not enjoy hurting people or causing them sorrow.” Make no mistake, Judgment will come to all of us, yet God is merciful toward those who repent of their sins, accept His Son, and seek to live righteously before Him.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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