What Does The Bible Say About Social Justice?
We live in a world full of unfair treatment. We are all supposed to stand for what’s right and that may involve speaking out against any form of injustice. You may be wondering what the bible has to say about the subject. Below is a list of verses that may help you answer that question.
“Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent— both are detestable to the Lord.”
“Justice—do you rulers know the meaning of the word? Do you judge the people fairly? No! You plot injustice in your hearts. You spread violence throughout the land. These wicked people are born sinners; even from birth they have lied and gone their own way. They spit venom like deadly snakes; they are like cobras that refuse to listen, ignoring the tunes of the snake charmers, no matter how skilfully they play.”
“You must not pass along false rumours. You must not cooperate with evil people by lying on the witness stand. “You must not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you are called to testify in a dispute, do not be swayed by the crowd to twist justice.”
“Do not twist justice in legal matters by favouring the poor or being partial to the rich and powerful. Always judge people fairly.”
“Keep yourself far from a false matter; do not kill the innocent and righteous. For I will not justify the wicked.”
“Vindicate me, O God, And plead my cause against an ungodly nation; Oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!”
“An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, And he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.”
“You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.”
“The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, And his tongue talks of justice.”
“He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, And will break in pieces the oppressor.”
“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face.”
“The LORD executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed.”
“The violence of the wicked will destroy them, Because they refuse to do justice.”
“To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.”
“If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them.”
The word of God is not silent in the midst of all the injustices taking place in our communities. We can find comfort in knowing that God has already shared his mind. He expects us to, not only pray for the victimised but, stand for the truth no matter what it costs.