“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never failing stream!”
History may be full of inspiring stories celebrating positive steps towards a more egalitarian world that unifies people regardless of their gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, but there is so much more work to be done. Amnesty International Day reminds us of this each and every year.
Next week, on Monday 28 May, Amnesty International Day will help to shine the spotlight on a number of important areas, one of which is to promote the security and protection of human dignity.
While each of us may wonder what we alone can do to make an impact on the world, our efforts combined can make a profound difference. In light of Amnesty International and its fight for justice, here are ways you can seek to be more just and to play your part in bringing dignity and security to those around you:
- Love thy neighbour: giving others what they are due – love, respect, honesty and empathy – is an important part of justice. With justice, we do not focus only on our own private good but are focused on bringing goodness to the relationships we build. Giving without the intention of receiving can be difficult to master, but it is a beautiful and liberating state to live in.
- A habit of the heart: C.S. Lewis once said, “It is one thing to do an isolated act of justice, it is something else altogether to be a just person” and this applies to consistency of character. Being a just person means making a lifelong commitment to doing good – in your treatment of others, in your worship of God, and in your appreciation of the sanctity of life.
- Truth, reason and fairness – the friends of justice: to be truly just means being truthful, reasonable and fair. Sometimes we lose our way, but we need to try and try again, and in doing so, find redemption in our efforts to bring these qualities with us wherever we go.
- Become a just person in your relationship with God: to become justified by God means being in the right relationship with God. Believing in and receiving in the Lord Jesus Chris requires trust and commitment. Through this relationship we become determined to live our lives justly in his honour and in the honour of those around us.