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We begin by exploring the definition of justice, as well as our own assumptions about what it is and why it matters. “Justice” is an English word, but it comprises three thoroughly biblical concepts: power, authority, and rightness.
Our just God would not declare creation “very good” if it was anything less than right “in all its vast array.” So we explore the creation story’s vision of a just world, and we consider how it both affirms and challenges our notions and experiences of “rightness.”
God may have declared creation very good, charging humans to fill, subdue, and rule the earth. But humans, using this power and authority unjustly, judge their creator to be less-than-good. “Rightness” is broken, opening the door for suffering and death.
Banished from Eden, the human experience is newly infused with compounding evils and suffering. The original exile sets a pattern that repeats through the generations of the biblical narrative. And its echoes can surely be heard in our own stories.
When injustice proliferates, so does suffering. And yet God remains both present and just. He calls his creation to remember itself. And he demonstrates a redemptive justice that reveals a deeper truth about his character: it is love.
We look forward to a future in which redeemed humanity will live in a restored creation, in renewed relationship with God and each other. In the meantime, we work in the present for a world that echoes the future we hope for.