Part I. Treatment of Justice in a Community
Justice is a systemized legal system that has been created with a code of laws that are to be administrated by those with authority in maintaining laws within a society. It is the notion of fair and reasonable decisions to be made in giving individuals and communities what each deserve. It is important to note that true justice must be approached from a character that is enriched with high moral and virtue. It’s core value lies at the seat of morality and equality for all involved. One should have the ability to judge without prejudice of personal feelings and personal interest. Justice is a call to do what is right.
Justice has always existed, it is a part of the natural order of things. It is man who has fallen into unjust behavior, and the justice system is failing mainly due to human beings. For life to have meaning, there must be societies and communities with laws and giving of laws that are designed in equality. “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; The statues of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether” (NKJ, Psalms 19:7-9). As human beings we must always be mindful of our limitations. It is important to know that man has the capability to act on the power of righteousness, goodness, truth, and love, which will result in one having the character to apply true and fair justice. Aristotle speaks of justice as a virtue, the state of one’s character which can guide a man to act in a just way towards himself as well as his neighbor, this being the greatest virtue (Aristotle 1). Socrates, discussed justice as it relates to happiness and the just life; he establishes the positions of justice in political communities and individual person or soul. (Coumoundouros, Antonis, IEP.com). Often, we have too many in our communities that have the power to make a real difference for good that make unjust decisions based on political and economic greed. “The unjust man does not always choose the greater, but also the less-in the case of things bad absolutely; but because the lesser evil is itself thought to be in sense good, and graspingness is directed at good, therefore he is thought to be grasping. And he is unfair” (Aristotle 1). Justice is very important within a community in maintaining healthy growth and stability. Without a system of laws and someone to govern and carry out those laws, there would be chaos and ultimately destruction.
Part II. Consideration of Universal Justice
In the matter of universal justice, one must consider the state of man in a fallen world. Is man equipped and willing to serve humanity in a selfless way? A call for justice arises when conflicts of interest are created, and people differ over who should get what. For justice to overcome differences in communities and achieve universal justice, there must be a renewing of the mind and the heart. Man’s justice is quite different from that of God’s justice. With God, all men are created equal and should be treated as such. From this stand point, no community should be looked at as less than or more than, in terms of justice and equality in meeting human needs to create a good and prosperous community because of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, education, or economics status. When this occurs, communities (human-beings) suffer injustice on many levels. These are acts of justice according to man’s laws; bad conditions are known just as good conditions are known. When acts of judgement are made upon another that are less or unequal to another, this is injustice (Aristotle 1). A ‘Just Man’ would be able to see this and act accordingly when called upon in the distribution of justice and judgement in any given circumstance.
Justice has always been and will always be, our world is structured around justice, therefore justice is universal. The issue is not if it is possible or does it exist in our communities as well as universal. The issue is, is it justice with God’s approval. The Christian mind wonders does one mean what one should when speaking of justice? Does one understand the origin of justice? Justice originated with God, it is God who put the idea of justice in the mind and heart of man. Man’s standard of justice must line up with the will of God in order that true justice will occur in all communities as well as universal. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Biblica.com, Romans 12:2). When taking in account justice and injustice one must look at the nature of man and the nature or mind of God. The just man is a doer by choice to do that which is right and the unjust do that which is harmful (Aristotle 5). These are the two natures that justice battles with today around the world, however the day will come when universal justice will be the righteous judgement of God for all men
Part I. Treatment of Justice in a Community