How do justice and equality relate? People in today’s culture are confused about how these two are relevant to each other. In the book, Unaborted Socrates, Socrates has different ideas about how justice and equality are connected. Ultimately, the Bible tells us the answer to how justice and equality relate.
The Bible states that we are to do what is righteous and just. We know this because we are to follow after the Lord and be like Him. He is the only one who is righteous and just. Psalm 119:121 states, “I have done what is righteous and just; do not leave me to my oppressors.” (NIV) Our culture believes that justice is important in some areas, but not all areas. Society thinks that justice is expected if someone shoots and kills someone else. Our culture, tragically, does not stand up for the rights of the unborn child. There is no justice for them. Socrates, in the book Unaborted Socrates, believes, like Christians, that justice should be served to unborn babies. It is the murder of an innocent person; therefore, justice is to be served. These examples prove that our culture is confused about justice. God is the only one who is holy and just. We can only be just if we follow Him.
The Bible says that we are all equal in God’s eyes. God does not view any Christians different than another Christian. Galatians 3:28 tells us, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (NIV) Our society does not see equality the same way that God does. Our culture desires to make everyone the same. They want us to believe that genders do not matter. We are told that women can do anything that men can and vise-versa. Socrates, in this book, does not seem to believe this. He believes that we should stay true to ourselves. The bottom line is we are all sinners, and we all need a Savior. Jesus is the only one who can save any of us, and that makes us equal.
The Bible shows us that justice and equality are knit together. God sees one Christian no different than he sees another. We are all bound in Christ. Also, we are all sinners who need a Savior. Socrates says that we need justice, and not equality. He does not understand the concept of being knit together in the Lord because he does not believe in the Lord. Our culture believes that they are knit together, but not for the same reasons as Christians. People believe that we are to serve justice for our own good. Also, they believe that we are to all be equal so there are no differences between men and women. Romans 3:23 tells us that we have all sinned, therefore, we alone cannot be just. We need Jesus to be just for us. He is the only one who is truly just. The Bible tells us that we are all bound in Jesus and this shows us how justice and equality are knit together.
The Lord wants us to turn to Him for the answers. The world and the people in it will always fail us, but the Lord never will. We can find our answers in Him. When we want answers about what the Bible says regarding justice and equality, we must turn to the Bible itself.
New International Version. Michigan: Zondervan, 1984. Print.
Kreeft, Peter. The Unaborted Socrates. Illinois. InterVarsity Press: 1983, Print.