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Thoughts on International Justice


Thoughts on International Justice

Allison Brown

It feels like a theological double entendre that Jesus would heal a blind man (John 9:7) by putting mud on his eyes and telling him to wash in the pool of Siloam.  Jesus can do miracles, check.  Jesus can cure blindness, check.  Jesus sends us out to see the world as it really is, check - wait, what? Siloam means "sent."  Sent in order to see. 

What is there to see? 

Jesus convinced me that he loved me by going to the cross.  It is faith in this that not only saves us, but gives us sight, insight, into truth.  And acknowledging what is true in a fallen world - whether pleasant or horrific - is how we are to engage with the world and give meaning to our lives while we dwell in it.  Christians are meant to seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God. (Micah 6:8) But first we have to acknowledge, and care about, the injustice in the world around us.  

Do we?  Care, I mean? 

As a society, our country is founded on beautiful principles, but we can be so myopic in our vision, like Paul in Acts 9, who was struck blind, but healed 3 days later when something like scales fell from his eyes.  Then he could SEE.  Is that a reminder, perhaps, that Jesus, after spending 3 days in a tomb, is able to cure our blindness? 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
— Declaration of Independence

Our nation is meant to uphold prosperity among all men, in order that all men are allowed life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Our history as a nation bears up that we have not always applied those truths universally to all people, and at different periods in history, after wars, marches, and protests, we have had to acknowledge and correct our short-sightedness and double standards.  Democracy allows our nation to correct our course when we recognize wrongful or harmful practices that we ourselves have instituted.

Maybe we weren’t founded on Christian principles, but “liberty and justice for all” sounds a lot like Jesus.  As we, as Christians, seek to further develop our character in His likeness, we will care more and more about seeking justice for others, for strangers, for refugees, for neighbors, for victims, for the poor, small, and invisible, as well as for ourselves.  

Is that true? I hope so. 

So be it.