Dr. Albert Reyes, Buckner president and CEO, originally wrote this column for the Baptist Standard as part of a special series "Justice looks like ..." allowing readers the opportunity to consider justice from numerous viewpoints.
Justice at its core is treating people in a right way, an ethical and honest way.
Justice under the law is when judges, lawyers and law enforcement officers treat an accused person with dignity and respect.
Justice in the workplace means everyone is treated without partiality, as a person created in the image of God with incredible potential.
Justice in a social context means we relate and organize through institutions, organizations and social structures in a just manner. Everyone influenced or impacted by those systems experiences dignity, respect and being regarded as one created in the image of God.
The opposite of justice is injustice, the absence of justice in any individual, institutional or relational context. A lack of justice inevitably exists due to the presence of sin. So, in one sense, we cannot escape injustice, because we are all sinners.
Prejudice, racism, discrimination, power, control, influence, superiority, jealousy, envy, wrath, pride and an inventory of sins is recorded by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the church at Ephesus (Ephesians 4:20–5:21). He instructs us to become imitators of God, living a life of love and reflecting the love of Christ for sinners like you and me.
The only way to escape the habit of sin and our innate gravitational pull toward injustice is through a radical transformation of our minds (Romans 12:2). Do not miss this. How you think is what you do.