I spend a lot of time thinking about justice. What is it? What’s my role in pursuing it? And how am I supposed to find the strength or energy to think about these massive world issues when I can’t even remember to do my laundry or answer emails on time?
But the Bible says that God cares deeply about justice, because He cares deeply about people. He created a just world, but it has been distorted and separated from Him. Jesus came to reconcile people back to God. To reconcile means to restore relationship. God has brought us back into relationship with Himself through Jesus. In the same way, He is restoring the whole world to Himself.
2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2 says:
“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For He says, ‘In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”
Since Jesus has reconciled us back to God, we have a restored relationship with Him. This allows us to be part of His plan to restore the world through the work of justice.
All the work we do would be meaningless if God hadn’t first reconciled us back to Himself through Christ. His persistent pursuit of us is what empowers us to pursue justice for others. God’s love for me when I feel most unlovable, is what inspires and motivates me to take action to sacrificially love others even when it’s hard.
God has reconciled us to Himself. But we are not meant to just accept His grace ourselves and ignore the brokenness of the world around us. He has called us into His ministry of reconciliation—to seek justice for the oppressed and restoration for the broken. And He tells us to do this today.
What would it look like if we embraced this ministry of reconciliation and pursued justice today?