Treat One Another Justly: But That Doesn’t Mean Everybody Right?

Getting Active For The Climate

Zechariah 7:10 “God-of-the-Angel Armies said then and says now: ‘Treat one another justly.  Love your neighbors.  Be compassionate with each other.  Don’t take advantage of widows, orphans, visitors, and the poor.  Don’t plot and scheme against one another – that’s evil.'”

The Canadian House of Commons recently passed third reading of bill C-389 which is a bill to close loopholes in the human rights act which currently still allow people to fire people or refuse to rent apartments to people on the grounds of their being transgendered or transsexual.  On the face of this it is a great move in the direction of treating each other with justice and being compassionate with each other.  Unfortunately this bill will now head off to the Senate where it seems almost certain to fail.

When God said to treat each other justly and with compassion did he mean justice for everyone?  Maybe he just meant for people like us (insert your own definition of us here), justice only for women, justice only for men, justice for only straight people, monogamous people, for our on race, religion etc.  Surely we aren’t supposed to work for justice for criminals!

Have you ever noticed how many figures in the Bible spent time in jail.  Jails are for criminals right?  For truly bad people.  The Apostle Paul spent a great deal of time in one jail or another and from there he wrote some of the letters that have become scripture. 

Jesus had compassion on all the lowest characters in his society.  The religious leaders of the day were horrified to see him with lepers, tax collectors, and women of ill repute.  At the very end, on the cross, he was assuring the convict who was hanging beside him, an admitted felon, of his place with him in heaven.

My class were discussing the passage of the bill today and the fact that all of the MPs from our area voted against it passing.  They asked me how anyone could vote against something as basic as not being discriminated against.  I had no answer for them, but it gave me hope that they were asking at all.  I think that our kids these days are more tapped into their sense of justice and compassion than we realize.  I am certainly not saying that all kids are perfect.  There is still a lot of bullying going on in our schools and work places.  But it does give me hope that we are moving in the right direction.

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