Justice is the concept of moral rightness based on ethics, rationality, law, natural law, fairness, religion and/or equity. Each person is to have an equal right to the most extensive total system of equal basic liberties compatible with a similar system of liberty for all.
Man oh man, does that sound good, or what? Imagine a world where that definition of justice and Reverend King’s belief actually existed. “What a wonderful world it would be – Herman’s Hermits – 1960′s.” For the purpose of this message, I would like to propose that we need not scope the globe for universal justice, but rather, we look inside and see if we treat ourselves with justice. Are we morally and ethically right within because if we are to be that way externally and hold others to a higher standard, we must first see ourselves in that way.
What basic freedoms do I entitle myself to have? Do I accept my right to racial and religious freedom? Do I truly believe that the color of my skin does not matter and that I have total access to opportunity? Do I truly practice religious tolerance and freedom and do I believe I am free to find a God (whatever that means) I believe in? Am I free within to love myself and let you love me as I am with no expectations? Just where does my justice start within me, for outwardly I know what I say, but inwardly, what do I do?
My prayer for you today is that you journey within to seek your justice so that you may give it away freely to all who deserve it.