When horrible things happen, we instantly feel the brokenness of a fallen, hostile, upside-down world.
Something deep inside us cries out for justice, and it points to a deeper human truth about the way we are made.
We see a sad, stark reality in contrast with a perfect ideal.
Justice is all about righting the wrong and making sure everyone pays. We don’t like to talk about that until we see the worst a human can do.
I don’t mean to use tragedy as a platform or talking point. We can’t explain away everything as God’s Will or saying “it’s society’s fault.“ No one should offer a theological reason about how this has a “higher purpose,” because even if it did, we’d be pretentious to say so.
Simply: something has been wrong with the human race since the beginning of time, and we all know it. We are free to say: this sucks, and it’s infuriating.
As horrible as this world can be, I also believe the truth: that no one ever gets away with anything, ever. This world is not the final say on our story.
We will all be called to account for our lives.
And secretly, I believe we really want that. We want justice to be final, forever, and finished. Too many people get away with disgusting things. Our righteous anger points to a righteous God who will not let our evil be unpaid. Our crimes are either absorbed in the cross of Jesus Christ, or we pay for those crimes ourselves.
But that’s why He offers grace, too. He knows the depth of human depravity, and it cost the life of His Son. I only pray it will not cost so many more to see we need rescue, we need righteousness, and we need a Savior.
For now, we raise our voice and fight for just a glimpse of that justice today.