God loves justice, and he longs to see a world where there is justice for all. Where the rich and powerful do not exploit the poor and powerless. Where the vulnerable, widows, orphans, disabled and mentally challenged receive fair treatment from the rest of humanity.
Of course, God could force us to be just to everybody. But if God forces to act in a particular way he would have to remove our free will; our ability to choose between good and evil, our ability to act for the common good rather than seeking our own selfish aims.
God loves justice, but because we have free wills, he chooses to use the likes of you and me. Through us he continues to create a world where justice rules in the affairs of men.
Religion suffers from a bad press. People often see religion as a negative influence in the development of mankind! As followers of Jesus Christ we are fond of saying, “This is not a religion, it is about following Jesus and knowing God”. But the fact is, although we may not regard ourselves as religious, people still label us as religious.
But there is, according to James, a form of religion which is pure, faultless, good and acceptable to God. Pure religion is to look after the disadvantaged in society, and to be involved with our communities without being corrupted by them.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world”.
(James 1:27 New International Version)