Justice is concerned with right relationship which includes:
- Other people
- Systems and cultures
- The broader environment
There are three primary expressions of working towards this:
- Re distribution
- Challenging the rules
- Presenting an alternative
Action and belief cannot be separated, justice is not only about putting legs on what we believe but it is through doing that we are able to understand what we believe. Concern for the poor is a concern of all major religions. The more we are involved in acts of justice the more we find ourselves in the work and concern of God moving toward what Jesus called the kingdom of God/heaven.
A person who practices the way of justice may do some of the following things:
•- Give their time and/or money to organizations and activities that work with the poor.
•- Be conscious of how their political vote counts towards social issues.
•- Be mindful of the resources they use and seek ways to reduce their environmental footprint.
•- Participate in peace march rallies.
•- Seek ways to include a wide range of people in their life.
•- Offer dignity and esteem in the way they relate to all people.
Jesus serves as a good model in this spirituality. Jesus showed great concern for the poor and under-privileged. He treated women with kindness and compassion when few other men in his time would have done the same (especially to women they didn’t know). He opposed the way the leaders ruled people because of its impact on society. Radically spoke up for the rights of the poor and underprivileged, spreading the good news of the kingdom of God, a place where justice reigns.
- Old Testament Prophets
- Jesus life; where he positioned himself, who he hung out with, his radical inclusion, his challenging of the powers and systems of the day and his invitation into an alternative kingdom.
- Sir Pastor Douglas Lady Gladys Nicholls
- Oscar Romero
- St Francis
- William Cooper
- Dave and Ange Andrews
- Kathy Kelly
•- Be mindful when you see a scene that is unjust; what needs to change to make it just?
•- Be inspired by others you see around you who are models and heroes of justice.
•- Calculate your daily consumption. What can you reduce or do differently?
•- Read through the newspaper, or watch the news, and pray as you do.
•- Be conscious of “where you stand” on certain issues. Ask yourself why?
•- Speak to others you find who have a different stance and seek to understand them
- Political engagement
- Grow your own food
- Support Justice Organisations
- Planting trees
- Reading the bible
- Ride a bike
Other places to begin exploring the Way of Justice:
- www.tear.org.au has some good resources.
- Urban Seed, Concern, Tear, UNOH, Surrender, land care, etc.
- A different way (Manna Gum)
- Community orientation course (Waiters union)
- Read books or watch movies about inspiring people who have lived in the Justice way.
- Find your expression of justice in your location and do it!