Here is a quote from Michael Meved “For more than a hundred years liberals and conservatives have been arguing over the true meaning of justice. The left emphasizes just outcomes—seeking smaller gaps between rich and poor, and a comparably dignified standard of living for all members of society. The right stresses just procedures --making sure that individuals keep the fruits of their own labors and remain secure in their property, without seizure by their neighbors or by government.
Liberals accept unequal, potentially unfair treatment by government in order to achieve fair results; conservatives accept unequal, potentially unfair results so long as every citizen receives fair and comparable treatment by government.”
In the Bible we find two verses near each other that highlight these differences and define the Church today. There really is no confusion between these two verses, yet the left wants to quote one and forget the other. God is telling us in Lev19.15 how we are to conduct both our civil and our personal affairs concerning justice. Lev19.15 “You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor. There is no question; we must use righteousness to achieve righteousness. In other words, you cannot be unfair to fix what you think is unfair. This is a great failure of the left. Satan comes disguised as an angel of light. He looks well meaning.
Just two verses later we find God’s greatest commandment; Lev19.18b you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. Jesus further defines this commandment in the New Testament in Mark12.28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
The “War on Poverty” that started in the sixties was unbiblical, the stated goal was to eliminate poverty, and God tells us that this is not going to happen: John 12.7 Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. 8 For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.” There will always be the poor; that is a part of God’s plan.
Why would the poor be a part of God’s plan? In James we find an answer: James2.5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? The poor are God’s special possession.
God wants us to help others, but not to the exclusion of justice and justice is not in wanting equal outcomes. Equal outcomes can only be achieved by unequal treatment. The government must take in order to give. Taking care of our fellow man is a command for individuals. Done so cheerfully; 2Cor9.7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. It is unbiblical to compel someone to give and just as unbiblical to take from someone in order for you to give.
Published on Thursday, September 2, 2010 @ 7:53 AM CDT