Seven Knightly Virtues – Justice

Posted: October 31, 2012 in Sevens
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Just a reminder, i posted about the seven deadly sins according to Mahatma Gandhi and now i ’m posting the seven Knightly Virtues. i know it’s a little dated as we don’t have knights today, but… but i think that inside every man is a desire to be a knight in shining armour and inside every woman is the desire to be rescued by a knight in shining armour, that is if she hasn’t been already.

Today’s Virtue is JUSTICE…

“I  tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot  sleep forever”. – Thomas  Jefferson

Leviticus 19:15 “Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.”

Justice – As a knight in shining armor (and that’s making the assumption that i am one) i am to hold myself to the highest standard of behavior, and know that finding and using “loop holes” on the little rules weakens the fabric of society for everyone.

Justice – the moral principle determining just conduct, the quality of being just, righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness.

For todays post i am looking at Social Justice?

It is essential that i as a Christian must clearly understand what social justice includes. On the surface, the term has a positive connotation that conveys a seemingly strong sense of virtue and morality. However, social justice involves much more than a superficial label or feelings of compassion. It must involve a clear understanding of each social problem, the root cause of the problem, and the best solution for the problem.

Social justice has two key components:

  1. social – “living together in communities or organized groups”, and
  2. justice – “the upholding of what is just, especially fair treatment and due reward in accordance with honor, standards, or law” (American Heritage Dictionary).

Combining these two concepts, gives me a working definition “Social justice exists when people get what they are due from their particular group or community.” This brings up another important question: What do i deserve from my particular social group or society? Some say each person deserves an equal opportunity to work and acquire their society’s resources; others say each person deserves an equal share, or at least a basic share.

As an American i am entitled to at least three basic inalienable rights specified in the Declaration of Independence: “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” While these rights are not directly protected by God – He even permits some people to be born into social conditions that threaten their life, liberty, and opportunities – He expects human societies to uphold these rights and He holds people accountable for failing to do so. i believe that all people within a society actually possess a certain portion of society’s “benefits and burdens

Acts 17:30-32 – In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of  justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and  passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” – Martin Luther King,  Jr.

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