Today's chapter was about the concept of justice. AURGH! What a week for us to come across that one! It hit a little too close to home because of a situation we are dealing with for the next few days. This situation is draining. The nature of it leaves me wanting to speak my mind in distasteful ways. I know that when this season is over, I will be exhausted no matter what I do or don't do. I'm ready for it to be over today. It is not.
As I worked thru today's chapter, I realized that life is almost always about a choice. For me the choice in this situation is simple. Will I act like an adult, or will I not? Will I continue to act like an adult even if others make that difficult to near impossible. I don't know whether to love Bob Schulz or hate his guts (in a loving,Christian bless-my-heart-honey kind of way, of course!).
The preface to the chapter contains words of Benjamin Rush written to John Adams in 1811:
In this chapter, he dissects justice in a new and refreshing (at least to me) way. I'm sure as soon as you read the word, you began to think of courtroom justice, family discipline, or maybe even church discipline. To Schultz's credit, his approach is much more basic. He explains in his homespun, direct way that justice starts with one's own self-discipline. He gives examples of a boy who returns money to a lady even tho' it is exactly what he needs to help complete a purchase. Another example involves a boy who discards a trashy magazine he happens across in a parking lot even tho' there is great temptation to take a peek. These boys acted justly...with self discipline and dignity in the absence of external oversight or controls.
In the author's words:
“Justice is the backbone of a man. It gives him the ability to face all his selfish passions, to knock them to the side of the road, and to walk forward, doing what is right.” (p. 103)
You have to wonder, if more of us considered justice as built on this basic foundation, would violent flashmobs of teens storm across cities like Philadelphia, PA, London, England, and Greenville, SC wrecking destruction upon property and life? Would adults randomly shoot each other over some perceived slight in rush hour traffic? Would fathers abandon families to pursue their own selfish agendas. Would parents look the other way when their bullies wreck havoc? How many out of control lives would be reigned in? How many would suffer less and produce more if we first looked within to evaluate our own foundation vs looking for mercy to excuse us in our selfishness.
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Thanks for stopping by. Thanks for walking with me as I write my way back to God. Come back tomorrow? Maybe bring a friend? Love you long and strong. And that, my fraidy cat friend, is a promise!
Micah 6:8 (Bible in Basic English)
He has made clear to you, O man, what is good; and what is desired from you by the Lord; only doing what is right, and loving mercy, and walking without pride before your God.