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Morality vs. Justice

Morality vs. Justice

Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

John Maxwell’s Leadership Bible (The Book of Ruth Introduction):

Character must precede conduct. Faithfulness must precede fruitfulness.
This is how God’s Kingdom works. Jesus taught that if you get the tree right, the fruit will be right.
Jesus prioritizes “being” before “doing.”

Consider the following for these two words:

  • Justice is the fruit of morality.
  • Without morality there will be no justice.
  • Morality is the foundation that justice stands on.
  • Morality is a character that creates justice.
  • Justice will never be “equal for all” without morality.

The base definition of morality is; “conformity to the rules of right conduct.”

The base definition of justice is; “the administration of law according to prescribed and accepted principles.” (www.dictionary.com)

We could say it this way; “justice is the prescribed and accepted principles that conform to the rules of right conduct.” Handled correctly, justice conforms to morality.

Morality is defined by right conduct. Justice is defined by prescribed and accepted principles. They must be defined and linked properly or we will arrive at immorality and injustice. There can be very different conclusions in how we define what is “right” and what is “prescribed and accepted.” If we do not get the “morally right” correct, what is “prescribed and accepted” will be wrong.

If lying is not morally wrong – justice will not prevail.
If cheating is not morally wrong – justice will not prevail.
If stealing is not morally wrong – justice will not prevail.
If murder is not morally wrong – justice will not prevail.
If hate is not morally wrong – justice will not prevail.

Lying, cheating, stealing, murder and hate are not justice issues. They are moral issues that determine justice. Without morality defining justice, you will end up with injustice.

“Equal justice for all” will never come to fruition without correct morality. For any government to attempt to write laws for justice without first determining its morals would be fruitless. If any government writes laws of justice without right morals, its governing would be immoral.

How would one determine right morals for the purpose of writing equal justice? Should we depend on any one person to write morality? Should we depend upon a team of intelligent men and women to write morality? Would we have to include a representative from every race and culture? What about every age? What about both genders? What about single and married? What about every income level? What about every height and weight? What about sexual preferences of any type?

I like how the message version interprets it;
Matthew 6:33 (The Message) Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

Morality vs. Justice…
Truth is, how can we ask man (with the in-born nature of sin) to attempt to define the truths of morality, when pride and selfishness are the two greatest battles he faces?

When we study the millenniums of government designed by man we see failure after failure. Communism, socialism, capitalism, dictatorship, monarchy, republic, totalitarian, parliamentary, plutocracy, democracy, and even no government – anarchy, we see great difficulties. We need help!

Morality vs. Justice…
I am not attempting to solve the world’s problems in one article, however, I am addressing a truth that cannot be denied – True justice will never be arrived at without true morality. We must begin with morality in order to define and manage justice.

The BIG question is then presented; who should define morality? Another way to put it would be; who should define right and wrong? And the final result would be; who should define sin and righteousness?

Hmmm… got any ideas? Do you want me to do it? Well, then how about you do it? Since we can’t agree, how about our Mayor? No? How about your minister? No? How about your teenager? No? How about the King of England? No? How about the President of France? No? Surely you think the U.S. Supreme Court should do it? No?

Well, then all that’s left is anarchy. Would you like to live there?

I do have a suggestion, although I’m not so sure how well it would be received. I really believe it is the best and only answer for true morality and justice. It takes the responsibility off fallen man and gives it to a higher authority – one that has never failed.

Oh, but not everyone will agree. Gee, do we all have to agree in order to arrive at what’s right and fair? The problem is that if we allow this greater authority to define morality and justice, then we will have to accept His definition of sin and righteousness. Am I willing to accept that? Am I willing to accept His definitions of lying, cheating, stealing, murder, hate, sexual immorality, marriage, and so on?

No? You would rather define it yourself!

Anarchy – the base definition; a state or society without government or law (www.dictionary.com).

No corporate morals or justice.

I invite you to consider a higher source for right and wrong. I invite you to listen to the only perfect “Righteous Judge.” I invite you to listen to the only “good, fair and loving” wise one who has already defined morality, sin, righteousness, forgiveness, and justice. You don’t have to guess anymore. It’s written, it’s right, and it will never change. It’s true equal morality and justice for all. I pray our government leaders accept His wisdom.

I end where I began…

Matthew 6:33 (NKJV) But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Pastor Jim Langlois

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Pastor Jim Langlois is the Senior Pastor of The Master’s House www.tmhnow.org, President of MKEA (The Master’s Kids Evangelistic Association) www.mkea.org, and an Area Director for ICFM (International Convention of Faith Ministries) www.icfm.org. You can follow him at docinthehouse, on Twitter at jimlanglois, and on Facebook at jim.langlois. His most recent books are “Is it Okay to Pray in Tongues in Church?” and “Will the Real God Please Stand Up!” Both are available at Amazon.com, and BarnesandNoble.com

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