Justice….there is a lot of talk these days about justice. Just exactly what is justice? Merriam-Webster defines justice as “1 the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments, 2 the quality of being just, impartial, or fair, 3 conformity to truth, fact, or reason.” So what does justice look like in your world?
I have never feared for my life when pulled over in my car by a policeman or been asked to get out of my car and put my hands on the hood to be frisked. I have never had my car searched or had police come to my door to search my house. I don’t know what that feels like. I can only imagine that living in that tension has to be extremely difficult.
Justice looks like two people speeding, one white and one black and they both get pulled over and ticketed. Justice looks like everyone having enough food to eat, a warm/cool place to call home, a safe place to learn life skills, and a job that pays a living wage. What does justice look like in practical applications to you?
I have been ‘musing’ on this since the protests started and wondering what can I do as one white person. I cannot effect anything on a global scale but I can call out racism where I live and work. I can stand with those who have no voice. I listened to a pod cast the other day about sympathetic love and emphatic love. “And so our job, our exclusive goal, should be to do what we can do to ease the pain that someone else might be feeling. And it comes back to the idea of, do we want to live with a sympathetic love, or do we want to live with an empathetic love? A sympathetic love is a love where you’re basically saying, ‘Well I’m doing this because I feel bad for you,’ An empathetic love is, ‘I do this because your pain is also mine.’”
Is our love more sympathetic or is it more empathetic? How do we move to a more empathetic love in our broken world today?