Chuck Colson, who founded Prison Fellowship, once said about social justice: “Without ultimate justice, people’s sense of moral obligation dissolves. Social bonds are broken. People who have no fear of God soon have no fear of man, and no respect for human laws and authority.” Colson’s view of justice reflects what God told the ancient prophet to tell his people. In Zechariah Chapter 11, we read, “This is what the LORD of Heavens’ Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another. Do not oppress widows, orphans, and the poor. And do not scheme against each other. Your ancestors refused to listen to this message. They made their hearts as hard as stone, so they could not hear the instructions, or the messages that the LORD of Heaven’s Armies had sent them by his Spirit. That is why the LORD of Heaven’s Armies was so angry with them. Since they refused to listen when I called them, I would not listen when they called to me, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.’” God told His ancient people to treat others with true justice; to be merciful and loving in all their affairs; to never oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and the poor; and never scheme to exploit the weak and helpless. God wants us today to behave the same way.
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