This month the topic we’ll be talking about a lot is the topic of love. It may not be February, but with Passover, Good Friday and Easter this month, I think there are plenty of reasons to talk about the topic of love from a spiritual perspective. And you just have to turn on the TV to a news station for a few minutes and see reasons why it’s always a good idea to talk about love from a life perspective. As I was looking for a verse to write about today I came across one that isn’t really what you think of when you think of love. Psalm 37:28 reads:
“The Lord loves justice, and he won’t ever desert his faithful people. He always protects them, but destroys the children of the wicked.”
In truth most of us do love justice. We love when the good guys win and the bad guys lose and go to jail (or worse). It’s why fairy tales are so loved and shared, and what countless TV shows and episodes and written stories each year are based on. Then there are the stories of people who overcome the challenges in their past, having left the past and those situations. In those stories we’re not reflecting on the past or getting justice for the past, but celebrating the life that this person has chosen to make regardless of the past. In some ways I think that’s justice too because there’s always a portion of “right” involved in justice.
As long as there’s evil in the world I think it’s important that we do love justice. We should want good to prevail, victories to be achieved and happiness to flourish. I think the biggest struggle we have is the violence that’s often attached to justice. Sometimes justice is violent, there were many examples throughout the Bible of God’s justice being violent. I think one of the best ways we can look at justice is not from the point of how ‘justice was served’ or the loss the bad guys experienced, but rather to celebrate the new potential that is now unleashed for the future. I have a feeling that the tales of conquering heroes will continue, but rather than go over again how the victory was achieved, I’m going to encourage that we focus more on the happily ever after and start a new chapter to the story.