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Brian Stoffregen

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Equality and Justice
« on: February 01, 2013, 07:14:15 PM »
A picture that says equality doesn't mean justice has been posted often on facebook. One can be seen here.

A number of years ago, a speaker made a similar statement about justice. In our American system, justice is pictured as a scale where both sides are to be equal. However, the prophet Amos pictures justice as being like a flowing river. Flowing rivers go hither and yon where the terrain and gravity takes it. The crooked flow of the natural Colorado River is quite different from the straight irrigation canals created by humans.

Often in our discussions, e.g., men and women, the topic of equality comes up. In some ways we are equal to each other, e.g., sinful, redeemable by God through Christ. In other ways we are not equal to each other: different abilities, different "plumbing," different likes and dislikes, different convictions, etc.

I believe that what Scriptures calls for is not equality among people, but justice.
"The church had made us like ill-taught piano students; we play our songs, but we never really hear them, because our main concern is not to make music, but but to avoid some flub that will get us in dutch." [Robert Capon, _Between Noon and Three_, p. 148]