Injustice and God
The grounding of justice in remembrance means that human justice can never be separated from God's actions. Human justice is born in relationship with God. Human justice is always a response to God's interventions. Rather than turning to human laws or human reason for a theory of justice, we must turn to God. Human laws and institutions are not the beginning point for understanding justice; rather, we must attend to the narratives that give shape to the history of God's interventions in human life. As fraught with difficulty as our appropriation of those narratives may be, they are nonetheless a necessary beginning place for a Christian theory of justice. Historical consciousness must be joined to biblical remembrance. The recovery of biblical remembrance is the task of Part Two.
I begin this task by choosing five biblical stories that say something about God's response to injustice. These are only a few of the biblical stories that might be chosen. They display a range of divine responses to injustice and therefore they lay groundwork for a Christian approach to justice.
The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt.
I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am
concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them
from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land
into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey. …”