Only Christ can deliver unbiased, perfect justice

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By Brian Owens

Last week George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Protests ensued in the moments following the verdict, ranging from peaceful demonstrations to violent mobs looking to avenge the death of Trayvon Martin through the destruction of public and private property, some even attacking innocent people to show their disgust with the verdict.
Thankfully, these incidents were not indicative of the protesters as a whole.
The media feeding frenzy, however, has been stirring ever since it smelled blood in the water. Accusations of racial profiling and vigilante justice were hurled from one side of the aisle, while victim character assassination and claims of self-defense were hurled from the other. It seems that nearly everyone with a public platform had an opinion that they were all too eager to share.
There are many lessons to be learned from this that are beyond the scope of this column, issues such as the racial disparity of our nation and the excessive influence of the national media on local issues.
Despite your view of who was in the wrong during that fateful encounter between Zimmerman and Martin, and regardless of whether or not you believe the jury made the correct decision on Saturday, there is a common thread that unites all parties involved; it is the intrinsic longing for justice.
It’s the sick feeling in the pit of our stomachs when we watch the evening news and see the reports of a 7-week-old baby being hospitalized with injuries sustained from being shaken nearly to death by his birth father. It is the despair we feel when school children are needlessly murdered by a madman. It is the anger we experience when we witness acts of terror against our country.
It’s also the ire that boils within us when we read of armed robberies, meth labs, home invasions, domestic violence, nursing home neglect, and child abuse; the mistreatment of animals, school yard bullies, embezzlement and Medicare phone scams.
We are created to be a just people. Proverbs 21:15 tells us that “when justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.” But one of the effects of sin in our world is perverted justice. Our judicial system is flawed, to say the least. There are innocent people in prison and guilty people walking the street.
Scripture teaches that God instituted human government as a means to restrain and punish wickedness (Romans 13:1-7), but it often does not wield the sword with equity. Human justice isn’t blind, nor is it unbiased. Prejudices often color our opinions and biases distort our understanding.
No matter how deeply we long for justice and regardless of how close we may come at times, pure untainted justice will not be experienced in this world. The very need for justice, due to the reality of human wickedness, is indication that whatever justice is handed down is done so imperfectly.
Nevertheless, there will come a day when true justice will be witnessed. Revelation 19 describes a rider on a white stallion who will “tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty” (Rev. 19:15). This one whose name is “King of kings” and “Lord of lords” is the sovereign Jesus Christ. He is the epitome of justice, and every lawyer, judge and jury will bow before him (Philippians 2:10).
The most explicit display of God’s justice is seen at the cross of Christ. It is in this event that the sins of all who trust Christ by faith were dealt with in a way that extended love and yet preserved his justice.
Yes, God’s perfect justice will one day be handed down for all people. No judge or jury can thwart its inevitability; and no lawyer, no matter how savvy, will be able to get you an acquittal.

Brian Owens is an associate pastor with youth and children emphasis at Farmdale Baptist Church. He can be reached via e-mail at brian@farmdalebaptist.com.