Entry: Justice and Mercy, Fair and Equal Friday, May 28, 2010

Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? (NKJV)


If I have had a conversation with you in the past two weeks this subject has probably arisen.  It has been my obsession, to some extent, and is driving a larger philosophical journey for me. 

So God requires us to do JUSTLY in addition to loving MERCY. 

Here is my paraphrase, with some direct quotation, of the concept of fairness, using Webster.com and its synonyms tool.  Fairness, I would contend, is the closest approximation in the English language to a word that best illustrates the Micah 6:8 equation:  do justice + love mercy (walk humbly with God) = What YHWH requires of people.

Fairness means free from favor toward either or any side and implies an elimination of one's own feelings, prejudices, and desires so as to acheive a proper balance of conflicting interests (the result possibly being inequality)

Equitable implies a less rigorous standard than just and usually suggests simply equal treatment of all concerned (the result possibly being unfair)
fair. (2010). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.
Retrieved May 28, 2010, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fair

In our wonderful two party system of government, you may have noticed a Centrifugal force (from Latin  centrum "center" and fugere "to flee") as the left and right flee from the center in their view of most issues. 

Some, as Danny Smith contends in his article, may see this as a symptom of a litigational culture that sees ever interaction and issue as in need of balance.  I see it as simply doing justice OR loving mercy rather than both as God would have.

Fair and Equal are Rarely the Sameby Danny J. Smith courtesy of The Exceptional Children's Assistance Center

I will be exploring this concept more so I would love your feedback.  Is this why political solutions are doomed to fail whatever the issue?




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