A Complicated Matter: A Story Of Justice

"I hate when I put things in the wrong place like putting cereal in the fridge, my shoes in the washroom, or my faith in the justice system" - Joseph Acquaye

 I've been reading a lot about the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman case lately. After the the verdict there has been a lot of discussion about the justice system in America and really everywhere else. I wanted to talk about something that I've been thinking about in regard to the framework not only about this case but all cases that apply to the justice system. So at this point I wont be posting directly on my thoughts about the case itself, but something that I  was thinking about while reading-up on such a scenario. 

As I've been reading through the book of Genesis (first book of the Bible) there are two things that stood out to me as ultimately separate from the don of creation to our present day. The first being that in the beginning God walked with His creation. There was a concept of fellowship, of close communion and proximity that existed solely in the beginning. I think deep down on a basic level we as human beings are in a constant search to fulfill this need that dwells within us for ultimate intimacy. I truly believe it is because we were created for such a purpose, but that purpose has been tainted somewhat.

The second thing is completely different. In the beginning there was only one rule, one restriction, one prohibition that existed for God's ultimate creation. Just one law: do not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil(1). Why? Because at the point that you eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil or you will be as God, knowing good and evil. I take this to mean that with the knowledge of good and evil you will not only understand the concept but you will play God, you will start defining good and evil and make of yourself a god in your own mind.

If we take a look at our world today we can see the striking difference from this Biblical picture that is outlined in Genesis and what we see in the court systems around the world. Between the time God was defining good and evil, and the time now when we try to define good and evil on our own terms.

It would be an understatement to say that the world is in total chaos today. Because of this God's one law has been replaced by hundreds if not thousands of laws. Laws that require footnotes and redefinition and subtext and small print etc. etc.

If you've ever been on a plane and read the pamphlet in the front seat it contains a disclaimer about the on-board washrooms that says, "do not tamper, touch, disable, or destroy the smoke detector."Four words, we need 4 words in order to get the message across. Four descriptions in order to cover all the bases. Why is this? Wouldn't, "leave the smoke detectors alone, they're important" be enough? In our society, in the courts, in the schools, in the halls of bureaucracy we redefine terms constantly.

We tamper with how we ourselves want to define things in order to find loopholes to get ourselves out of or around things. Because of this we need 4 words telling us to leave the smoke detectors alone. Because of this we have 3000 page documents explaining the in's and out's of what we're told is a 'complicated issue' when really you could sum it up in a paragraph if you really wanted to get the message across clearly.

I do not claim to know or possess a greater understanding into the case of Trayvon Martin, or any other case for that matter. A boy is dead, the man who is responsible is free and I see a path or brokenness on all fronts. What I do know is this: where we create complication God gives us simplicity with sublimity. When we live by God's definitions life becomes a beautiful pattern, a harkening back to what we were created to be in the beginning unfolded by the Creator Himself. But when we start introducing our own definitions we complicated things, we make the simple into a puzzle of sabotage.

But our society isn't the only one to blame for this, it's a human problem, it's a finite condition. It took Moses writing 613 laws to expand upon the 1 law that God had set out. What Moses had at 613 Jesus took down to two:

He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" - Luke 10:27



For further thoughts on this beautiful yet broken world please read: 
Love, God, And Creation (1) 
God Of Love; World Of Suffering (1)
God Of Love; World Of Suffering (2)
God Of Love; World of Suffering (3)

(1) Genesis 2:17: "but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die."

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