Have you ever heard of Lady Justice? If you’ve watched “Judge Judy” you’ve seen an image of her in the intro…a statue of a woman wearing a long gown, holding scales, and blindfolded. Sound familiar? At the end of the intro, Judge Judy takes the place of Lady Justice, except she lifts her blindfold to wink. I’ve watched this scene countless times considering I record every episode and watch them faithfully. It looks a little something like this (well, maybe when the judge was a lot younger…no offense!)
Justice being blind just makes sense. It shouldn’t matter your race, gender, economic status, or any other factor…justice should be distributed impartially. In other words, punishment and rewards should be fair.
It’s no secret that they’re not.
The results of a trial don’t always depend on the facts of the case, but can depend upon the defense, the prosecution, the judge, and/or the jury.
The promotion at work may not be given to the hardest working person, but perhaps to the one that butters up the boss the most.
The election outcome may not depend on the will of the people, but on the impact of the media or the amount of money spent by a campaign.
The bottom line is that, between humans, justice isn’t fair or blind.
But what about God’s judgment? It’s fair, but certainly not blind. It’s hard to wrap my mind around this. According to Romans 6:23, the just and fair punishment for our sin is death, and yet the gift of God is eternal life. In other words, we deserve death but we are given life. It’s a gift that comes from God, with His eyes wide open. You see, He knows all about us. He knows our every thought and action. He knows our every sin. Yet, He loves us anyway. He loves us so much that while we were still sinners, He sent Christ to die for us (Romans 5:8). Did you catch that? He knew we were sinners, but He died anyway.
You see, God wants us to live forever with Him. There is only one way to God, and that’s through Jesus. Romans 10:9 tells us that if we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord, and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead, we will be saved. This lifesaving, eternal message is for everyone! God doesn’t discriminate.
In a world filled with so much injustice, it’s important to remember that while justice from God isn’t blind, it is totally fair. More than that, it’s merciful. And while God’s mercy is impossible to comprehend, it’s something we should never turn a blind eye to.