A great love of mine in the wee hours of the morning is to read. Most recently, I had the opportunity to read and now review Pursuing Justice by Ken Wytsma, with D. R. Jacobsen. The subtitle of this work is The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things. This is actually what drew me to this book.
This 301 page paperback publication authored by Wytsma is built on the premise that the only way to find abundant life and happiness is to give your life away. What exactly does that mean? It kind of reminds me of Paul’s declaration in Philippians 1:21 where he states, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” This definition of life being totally consumed in Christ is what Pursuing Justice is about at its core.
According to the author, justice can be equated with righteousness. Righteousness can be equated with not a single act, but rather the very essence of striving to exhibit Christ in all things. He uses the majority of the work providing illustrations in how to take this heart condition and put feet to it. Not in a naive way, but one that strives to mirror Christ in how He saw others and gave of himself to others without interest of how it would benefit him. We gain our purpose in life, not by external accomplishments and achievements, but through the way in which we see ourselves as the conduits of Christ’s love and righteousness to the world.
I have to admit that getting my head around the author’s definition of justice took a bit. My mind wanted to define justice in terms of the political environment of our society as it moves more and more toward socialism. The author is in no way suggesting socialism to be equivalent with justice. When I was able to see that God wanted us to treat others justly in all things, the remainder of the book made perfect sense. After all if God is a Just God then He must treat us justly. In so doing, in becoming more Christ-like we are to strive to treat the world around us and all its inhabitants in alignment with a reflection of God’s justice.
The insights shared in this book were on target biblically. The manner it was presented in was a bit more philosophical than I was hoping. It was not until the second half of this work that I felt it moved from the celestial sphere down to the nitty gritty of life and the theme’s application to our everyday lives.
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