November 22, 2020

Justice and Mercy
Rev. Hardy H. Kim

“[Traditionally], ‘God’s justice’ is understood as God’s deserved punishment of us for our sins, ‘God’s mercy’ as God’s loving forgiveness of us in spite of our guilt. Given the choice, we would all prefer God’s mercy and hope to escape God’s justice. But seeing the opposite of justice as mercy distorts what the Bible means by justice. Most often in the Bible, the opposite of God’s justice is not God’s mercy, but human injustice. The issue is the shape of our life together as societies, not whether the mercy of God will supersede the justice of God in the final judgment.”
—Marcus Borg, The Heart of Christianity