05 Feb Whatsoever Things are Just
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “it is not possible to be in favor of justice for some people and not be in favor of justice for all people.” All around us we are witnessing the unjust treatment of people based on race, nationality, religion, gender and sexuality. We sympathize with their stories because they could easily be our stories and we stand up and demand justice, in part, because the injustice feels personal. Dr. King’s words challenge us to expand beyond our usual, familiar empathies. It forces us to remember that, in his words, “an injustice anywhere, is an injustice everywhere.”
As we continue this series based on Philippians 4:8 and how we think, the focus turns to thinking about “whatsoever things are just.” In previous posts I mentioned that our actions are a direct result of our thinking. Along those lines, our motivation to demand justice on behalf of ourselves and/or others starts with our thinking. We must think about what is just and right. We must visualize and believe that justice for people of all walks of life can and will prevail.
Reflection: Spend a few minutes watching a news program. What injustices do you see reported? How does it make you feel?