As the pre-trials of the 9/11 plotters gets underway can man measure the kind of justice required?
The Law is constantly changing, being modified – sentences lengthened, shortened. In some parts of our nation one can rob a store and as long as you don’t go ‘over budget’ – $900 – one will not face prosecution. The same state has now suggested that if a criminal is paid ‘prior to committing a crime’ that this will somehow deter or de-motivate him/her to kill.
This seems unbelievably wacky to you and I – and here is the truth – IT IS. However, one has to be more concerned as to who is actually making these suggestions and who is going to carry them out? Is someone going to stand at the ‘Steal Check-out’ and ring out $900 worth of goods???
Man is definitely losing his way – all on his own. Today the pre-trials of the 9/11 plotters got underway, 20 years after the atrocities that shook the world. For the last 20 years these terrorists have sat in a prison with all the latest facilities, had three meals a day, been allowed privileges and free medical treatment. In comparison a lot of veterans who have fought against such like, are homeless and living on the streets.
Therefore, it is not surprising that we find ourselves asking the question can justice be served by man. Can a judge, who has just 2 years experience, really preside over such important proceedings. Considering almost 3,000 plus family members of those who perished are still waiting to see justice done.
What is Justice?
By definition justice means the following:
- The process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals
- The maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments
- The quality of being just, impartial or fair
- Conformity to this principle or ideal: RIGHTEOUSNESS
- The quality of conforming to law
- Conforming to truth, fact, or reason: CORRECTNESS
Therefore, it is safe to assume that when meeting out justice, one has to do the right thing. As the trials have been dragged out, so it is safe to assume have the pain of the loved ones left behind from 9/11. One has to ask the question, does man really know what he is doing? Does he know what justice is? Does he know how to apply justice?
One thing is for sure, while man fudges and slurs his way through a trough of legal jargon, we know what is right and what is wrong – right? The families need a verdict – NOW!
God’s judgement is something that has no delay attached to it and is something that no man will escape, 2 Corinthians 5:10:
“ For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”
The definition of judgement is in itself interesting:
- The capacity of judging: DISCERNMENT
- A formal utterance of an authoritative opinion
- A formal decision given by a court
- The final judging of humankind by God
- A divine sentence or decision
God has judged this world and it’s inhabitants before. Prior to the flood he gave instructions to Noah to build an ark. All of the animals on earth were saved but only 8 humans were saved – Noah and his family. Sodom and Gomorrah also fell under God’s judgement. These are very dramatic and noted instances there are many more but God is the ultimate judge.
He is the discerner of the man’s hearts, John 2:23-25
“But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.”
Therefore we can rest in the fact that God knows all things, compares all things and discerns all things. His judgement is final and fair.
His justice supreme.