Justice is an important concept to understand for all persons in all places. Legal systems are theoretically built on that which is believed to be just by their respective governments. Within the geo-political borders of states that uphold the belief that all people deserve civil rights and liberties, a right understanding of justice must be obtained to succeed at establishing whatever those civil rights and liberties are believed to be.
For the Christian, justice is particularly important given the following biblically-based, logical equations:
- If (a) all people are made in the image of God and (b) God is just, then (c) all people reflect the image of God’s justice.
- If (d) all people inherit original sin and (c), then (e) we all do so imperfectly.
- If (a) + (b) = (c), then we should also (f) seek to establish God’s justice for all people because being (c) means (g) all people have God-given dignity as image bearers.