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The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights issued a report entitled Justice on Trial. In it, they concede that our country has made some progress toward equality for all citizens; from the right to vote, to the right to be free of discrimination in employment, to the right of housing and public accommodations. Despite these achievements, they say three out of every four African American males will serve time in prison, and when they get out they find it difficult if not impossible to find work. In some places, they cannot vote, receive public assistance, or even live with anyone who receives public assistance. The report concludes that these are disparities our country needs to address. This call for justice echoes God’s call for it that we find in Deut. Ch 16. God said to his people, “You must never twist justice or show partiality. Never accept a bribe, for bribes blind the eyes of the wise and corrupt the decisions of the godly. Let true justice prevail, so you may live and occupy the land that the LORD your God is giving you.” We all know that fairness is sacred. God demands it. Without it, injustice leads to despair, hopelessness, conflict, retaliation, and revenge. That is why God’s people look to him for an objective standard of justice, a standard that will not change from private nor public pressure.

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