Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet

Where do justice, fairness, and truth meet? That’s a question I have for you, Mr. Wayne Gretzky. What if those who claim to practice what they preach, and profess to be loving, and just, really aren’t any better than those who practice immorality, and hate and seek to prey upon the innocent?

What if justice, equality, and fairness really do meet behind closed doors, and in the dark? It’s time we all came out of the dark and saw the real world for what it is, instead of what we think it is.

Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet
Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet

Here’s my question, Wayne – Have you ever considered how much better you’d feel to hear “Where’s My Justice” by Michael McKnight? Wouldn’t it be great to hear him declare with confidence that his heart was never broken, and that he always puts the welfare of others before his own? How great would that feel? Wouldn’t it be good to hear him tell us all those who love them, serve them, and believe in their future that “In their eyes, there is no greater crime than serving humanity, standing up for truth and justice.” Wouldn’t that make you feel good, too?

You know, sometimes I sit down and think about all those poor innocent people who get locked up, beaten, abused, killed, or displaced due to some selfish person, politician, or a terrorist group, because of some so called “humanitarian concern.” I also wonder what the world would be like if everyone practiced such humanitarian values. Not long ago, on our website, we featured a story of a child who saved her brother’s life, after being held hostage for several months.

After finally being rescued, she realized that her actions were not wrong. She could not understand why those who claim to love are so quick to take action against others, when it does not benefit anyone at all. Humans, as a species, need to step back, and see what other people need, before trying to help. It seems that only the selfish need help; everyone else should simply follow their example.

We are taught from an early age to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This is part of our morals taught in the Christian religion. Sadly, this ethic seems to carry over into the United States, as we seem to demand justice and mercy, rather than fair treatment and generosity. Sadly, we seem to not think that the world is balanced, and justice and mercy are two sides of the same coin, and cannot exist without the other. Where is the line, though, between respecting others, and holding others in contempt?

Sometimes I think the United States of America does not know where its true morality is. Perhaps we have too much faith in institutions, and in leaders, and think that they can get the job done, without caring about the rest of the world. Sometimes I think we have allowed human greed to get in the way of making things work in the world. We are also so separated from our real-world problems, that we cannot see that a better world would be better for everyone, rather than continue to go down the path of what is known as justice and mercy.

Sometimes, we forget that mercy is not a gift; it is a right. God gave us that right to choose kindness over cruelty. Now we need to choose a charity over justice. So many people in the world have no interest in either, and that is a great sad thing.

Sometimes I think that the best thing we can do for ourselves is to stop listening to the religious zealots, who seem to have an almost religious zeal in promoting war and political violence. The United States of America is a strong nation, and our strength comes from the confidence that we have in our standing as a world leader, and the respect that we have for human life. We do not hate other religions, and we do not fear those who practice them. That is a good thing. And so, while we must always be careful to protect the innocent, and to promote love and peace, we must do so without promoting violence and war. Please consider all this.

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