This term has different meanings to different people, particularly among Christians. Generally, in the media and public forum it refers to justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society. In this context, it has little or nothing to do with the teachings of the Bible. The Bible is not directed toward government, but individuals. The distribution of wealth is a concept of communism and socialism, governments that forcefully take money from some and give it to others. This is not a biblical idea and Yeshua never taught that government should care for the poor, but rather, individuals and collectively the church is to give to help the poor freely and not under compulsion. Yeshua did not oppose the ruling Roman government, but He did condemn individuals who were hypocritical, self-promoting, and corrupt. When the Jewish leaders asked Yeshua whether taxes should be paid to the Roman occupation, He replied, give to Caesar what is Caesars and to God what is God’s. Robbing the so-called rich by way of Government in order to give to the poor is Robin Hood’s idea, not God’s.
Yeshua was clear that God cares for the poor and downtrodden and desires us to give help to them. When Judas objected to Mary using her own expensive oil to anoint Yeshua, He defended her against Judas who was a thief and cared nothing about the poor. (John 12: 3-8). The Bible teaches justice, not a man-made concept, but of righteous impartial justice. “Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.” (Leviticus 19: 15). “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” (Isaiah 1: 17). Some would interpret this as sanctioning political and social protest for women rights and all the other so-called victim groups that have been fabricated today. No, this was directed to a nation of evil, godless, guilty people who had “spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on Him.” (Isaiah 1:4).
The godless hypocrites of today desire to assuage their guilt and pretend to be compassionate and good by usurping government power to unjustly extort money and give it to their political supporters while calling it “Social Justice” – distributing wealth, opportunity and privilege. In an American free society citizens work for their wealth, opportunity, and privilege, rather than have it granted by the royalty, socialist committee, dictator or emperor. This is the very kind of evil favoritism and corruption Yeshua spoke out against. Beware of those who speak of defending and helping the poor with money that is not their own. Judas did this, was a thief, and betrayed the Son of God for money. Scripture says, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor. 9: 6-7).