Putting the World to Rights
We all know there’s something called justice, but we can’t quite get to it.
You don’t have to teach children about fairness and unfairness.
There are some things in our world, on our planet, which make us say, “That’s not right!” even when there’s nobody to blame. The earthquake wasn’t caused by…It just happened. And in that happening we see a world in pain, a world out of joint, a world where things occur which we seem powerless to make right.
We all know what we ought to do (give or take a few details); but we all manage, at least some of the time, not to do it.
How does it happen that, on the one hand, we all share not just a sense that there is such a thing as justice, but a passion for it, a deep longing that things should be put to rights, a sense of "out of jointness" that goes on nagging and gnawing and sometimes screaming at us – and yet, on the other hand, after millennia of human struggle and searching and love and longing and hatred and hope and fussing and philosophizing, we still can’t seem to get much closer to it than people did in the most ancient societies we can discover.
Wright then goes on to discuss the Christian's role in working for justice:
It is important to see, and to say, that those who follow Jesus are committed, as he taught us to pray, to God’s will being done “on earth as it is in heaven.” And that means that God’s passion for justice must become ours, too.
Thus, just as there is an echo of a sense that things are not right and need to be corrected, the Christian response is to work with the power of God's Spirit, to actively be involved in bringing God's kingdom (and sense of justice) to our world here and now.