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Righting Wrongs

Justice1We haven’t got a monopoly on this, but it’s certainly true that Australian society possesses a deeply-held desire for justice. Perhaps it’s an inheritance from our convict history, I don’t know. Whatever its origins, it’s definitely a part of our culture, and one we can be glad of. Where some will see an injustice and accept it with a fatalistic shrug before moving on, we’re far more likely to want to act.

I’m really glad about this, and I imagine you are too. Of course, we would be. We come from a culture that teaches us to see the world that way. Other societies, other peoples, however, might not. So who is right? Is it right to value right, or does it not matter? The longer you think about that question, the more uncomfortable and unsettling it becomes.

Yet our troubles are only just beginning. Even if we simply award ourselves a gold star for being on the right side of that fight, we still are left with the challenge of finding an umpire. If I want to yell at the referee for what looks like a bad call to me, what happens when the referee yells back? Who gets to decide between us? Or is there some way for us to sit down after the game and find a resolution?

As Christians, we have a great answer for this. We know that God is good, and that he shows us what that looks like in his Word, and especially in Jesus. All we need beyond that is the humility to reject Adam and Eve’s desire to decide right and wrong for themselves, and to turn in trust to our Father who loves us.

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