Amos: The Holy Habit of Justice. (@longingtobeholy)

Statue of Justice, Central Criminal Court, London, UK - 20030311

By Erasoft24. (Own work.) [CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

One word seems to keep cropping up in the majority of this month’s posts. It is, of course, Justice.

And reading through the posts so far, I wonder if I’ve got much to add. But in terms of habits, I think there’s a hint in Amos that justice comes when God comes. And so if we’re His people, we should be people who love and seek justice and ‘act justly’ (I know, that’s Micah!) while we wait for His return. Justice should be a habit, not just a hope. How does that translate? Well, perhaps campaigning, perhaps petitioning. The digital world makes such things easier, in many ways. A friend of mine has just started Compassionate Britain, which is working to speak up for disabled people, particularly in the light of deep benefits cuts. And that sort of thing is a vital aspect of justice. But it’s not all we’re called to do. But because we know that, ultimately, justice will only come in full when Jesus comes back, I wonder if perhaps we’re called not just to preach justice, and live justly, and fight for justice, but also to treat injustice. Maybe sometimes our campaigns imagine a cure without imagining a comfort while the cure is being sought.[1]

Maybe sometimes justice doesn’t just involve eliminating suffering, but suffering with people while they wait for the suffering to be eliminated.

And as digital disciples, we could probably be pretty inventive about ways to do this. Here’s just one idea from me: could you send an email of encouragement to someone you know (or just know of) that shows you are standing with them in their suffering?

Do you have any other ideas we could try?

[1] Please note, I’m not in any way suggesting Compassionate Britain should be involved in this side of things – just merely that as Christians, perhaps particularly in the digital age, we use our digital voice to shout about injustice, forgetting that we can also use it to speak comfort to those who suffer.

About Nick Parish

Nick is a stay at home Dad who’s slowly learning that this fact doesn’t need to be justified by adding things like, ‘I’m writing a book’, and ‘I’m a Special Constable with Derbyshire Police’ (though both these facts are true…) He is heavily outnumbered by girls during term time, living in a boarding school in the Midlands. He grew up (ish) in Pakistan, returning to England at the age of 14. Though he’s happy to think of both places at home, he keeps reminding himself that he’ll never really be home this side of eternity. He is married to Anna, who runs the boarding house in which they live, and they have two boys, Joshua and Luke. He blogs at longingtobeholy.wordpress.com and Tweets @longingtobeholy