“Act justly. . .” (Micah 6:8)
“Would you look at that! I’ve been cheated! I’m going to take it back,” said the man when he unfolded his grilled chicken wrap, and found only a tiny piece of chicken.
Justice is only the first of three things that God requires. Two deal with people, only one with God. This is because it is useless to talk about loving God whom we have never seen until we first come to love people whom we can see (1 John 4:20).
It requires us to act justly in our daily relationships. We are not to lie, cheat, or steal. We are not to take unfair advantage of others. We are to be just in all areas of our lives, doing unto others only as we would have them do unto us.
This requirement applies to businesses and corporations, as well as individuals. It says that they must not accumulate wealth through using false weights and measures in buying and selling. Neither lies nor deceptive practices should be used. We need to recognize and remember those who are not just, such as title loan companies, banks and credit card companies, and utility companies who charge unfair rates, and have hidden or unnecessary fees, manufacturers who use deceptive packaging to avoid giving full measure, and employers who victimize their employees by not paying a livable wage or providing basic benefits.
What can we do? First, we can be sure we act justly in all of our dealings. We can confront those individuals and businesses that treat us unfairly, and we can refuse to buy products or services from them. Any measures past these, we can leave to God. He will take care of them.
Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.peopleforthechristianway.com