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Justice, Poverty and the Presidential Race – Peter Wehner

09/06/2011

“Justice is the end of government,” James Madison​ wrote in Federalist No. 51. But what is the meaning of justice?

Justice has been variously defined as the quality of being impartial and fair, the equal treatment of equals, and living in accordance with the natural law and the divine plan. It implies integrity in dealing with others and conforming our lives to facts and to truth.

But for those of the Jewish and Christian faith, there is another, crucial element to justice. According to Timothy J. Keller, author of Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just, according to the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament​, the justice (or mishpat) of a society is evaluated by how it treats the widow, the orphan, immigrants, and the poor. “Any neglect shown to the needs of the members of this quartet is not called merely a lack of mercy or charity, but a violation of justice,” Keller writes. “God loves and defends those with the least economic and social power, and so should we. That is what it means to ‘do justice.’”   […]

Read More at Commentary Magazine.

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