Ever given to charity? Ever got up from your seat to lets someone old or pregnant rest? Ever sent a letter to your MP? Ever voted?
All examples of doing justly. In some ways this is the most obvious and possibly the simplest of the things God wants. We need to be proactive in looking out for others and we need to do that to the best of our ability.
So what might be the basics?
DEFINITIONjust behavior or treatment.“a concern for justice, peace, and genuine respect for people”
Choose a charity – give regularly not just at Christmas or after a disaster
Where you can volunteer – sometimes giving money is a cop out so that we feel we don’t have to be active
Get educated – find out about the effects of your actions. If what is making you happy is making others miserable that’s not really doing justly. Great examples here are fashion (how much do you think a worked gets paid if that dress you bought cost £/$10? ) or milk (most UK supermarkets pay the farmer less than it costs them to farm. Check out this link for more details.)
Campaign online – It. Is. So. Quick. And don’t believe it doesn’t make an impression. It means something to the agency or MP or individual who sometimes just needs to know that someone out there is standing by them. Try looking on this site for people driving change – and maybe create a petition yourself.
So, it might be simple, but it’s not easy.
Sometimes it requires research to understand the issues to act justly. Sometimes it requires you to put your hand further into your pocket to buy a more expensive dress when you really, really want that beautiful £14 dress.
And what about doing justly with the idiot who always takes credit for your work but then gets accused of stealing, when you know they didn’t? (they were busy stealing credit for your work at the time) That’s harder. It requires you to be more objective – just because you don’t like someone or a group of people doesn’t mean you don’t stand by if they are being victimized. Justice is fair, and dispassionate, not influenced by emotion.
Doing justly is a frame of mind, it’s a habit. You need to practice with small things so that if the big things ever come along you have the guts to at least attempt them.
Life is still so unfair for many people and that’s not what God wants.