Love and Justice
“Love is woven tight with Justice. Love is more than tender words, a good feeling, a satisfied mind, thinking that all is good. Love rests in action, what we do, how we witness to the seamlessness of our lives, one with the other.”
For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Galatians 5:14
…let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. 1 John 3:18
“Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.”
―Martin Luther King, Jr.
Well, ok, it all boils down to love, a wholehearted embodied embrace of humanity, an embrace which includes and affirms all (everyone is your neighbor) while refusing to exclude or disparage any. Love knows that this life is for every human being. Every. Human. Being. Love recognizes rights for all. Rights. For. All.
- a roof,
- freedom from discrimination, prejudice and bullying
- the right to the basic needs of water and food,
- the right to raise your children in a safe, clean, non-toxic environment,
- the right to equal treatment by society
…exist for all.
True love is that which joins and will stand firm when temptations arise to separate and deny rights to some. True love will stand firm when we try to make our neighbors into the “Other,” and as we cast the “Other” we have created into the role, “Enemy.”
And forget about it, when this happens all Hell breaks loose.
Love is woven tight with Justice. Love is more than tender words, a good feeling, a satisfied mind, thinking that all is good. Love rests in action, what we do, how we witness to the seamlessness of our lives, one with the other. As unity splinters, then love begins its tug towards justice, or as Martin Luther King Jr. put it, “Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.”
Justice is never far from love, nor is love far from justice. They are two fingers (5 fingers: Faith, Hope, Love, Justice and Peace) on the one hand of Grace. Grace is always alive at the heart of things. She beckons us home to God and towards one another. We live to the One. What God has joined together, let no one separate. Here, in God, we are free and alive, co-equals, holy and blessed.