What Motivates Christians’ Attitudes toward Justice?

Class Forums Government 2017-2018 Assignment 1 What Motivates Christians’ Attitudes toward Justice?

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    • #1155

      The Ring of Gyges is a powerful mystical artifact with supernatural capabilities (See Wikipedia page titled, “Ring of Gyges”). It is a ring which drastically influences a person’s worldviews and religion. Giving people what they want, it slowly disfigures their greatest needs.

      Within the second book of Plato’s Republic, Glaucon tells the tale of the Ring of Gyges. Allowing its possessor the ability to become invisible at will, the ring is meant to illustrate how fear of punishment is the strongest attraction for human beings to act justly. Without consequences for unlawful behavior, people abandon justice, attempting only to fulfill their desires (See Plato’s Republic: Book 2)

      For Christians, justice means following God in obedience and striving to accomplish their own personal roles in society. The story of the Ring of Gyges has critical applications for believers. It draws them to an exceedingly essential question about their faith: Is my attitude towards justice motivated by fear of punishment or gratitude to Christ.

      When Christians seek to behave justly out of fear of consequence, they essentially react out of selfishness. They think about the outcome of their actions and realize that if they get caught in their sin, leaders or those in higher authority will take away their possessions or privileges. They are blind to the fact that those in superior authority are inflicting punishment out of a certain care for them. These types of Christians don’t recognize that the consequences of wrongdoing are meant for their own benefit and correction. Longing only for the things that make them happy at the present time, their views on justice destroy themselves.

      Gratitude is defined as the state of being grateful (Definition of Gratitude by Merriam Webster). When Christians value God above all else, they understand the importance of justice. Knowing that the Lord has a sovereign plan that is greater than them, this group of believers is set free to praise and worship God, acknowledging that their belongings are worth nothing compared to having Christ as Savior.

    • #1181

      I am also responding to this one.

    • #1186

      Is the ‘125 words’ a max or min?  I keep going over.

    • #1187

      Here is my response.  It is an agreement.

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    • #1194

      I am in agreement. I think that this can be seen in a lot of Christians today, not only when it pertains to obedience to God. For example, many Christians do not challenge homosexuality because they fear the consequences. In another way, children often obey so that they will avoid punishment, but, as they mature, they begin to do right for righteousness sake. It is so important to examine the motives of our actions. We ought to fear God, but we should be moved to obey him because of his great love. We should consider our actions to determine whether we are doing the things we do out of fear of being seen and punished. The things we do should be driven by a desire to strive for justice and integrity. Because,as C.S. Lewis puts it, “Integrity is doing the right [or just] thing, even when no one is watching.”

    • #1195

      I am in agreement with what Graham wrote. Often times, I feel our honesty (or lack thereof) is hindered by our fear of punishment. As kids, our parents raise us to obey them and they make our decisions for us; yet as we grow up, they allow us more freedom. In this freedom, we sometimes make wrong decisions and sin. Our human nature tells us to hide this sin, for fear of punishment. But God has told us to shine light in the darkest parts of our hearts, clearing out every unpure thing. This is an incredibly hard thing to do, but we should do it despite our fear of punishment in order to live vulnerably, purely, and righteously before God.

    • #1199

      Alright, here’s my official response, 124 words.  And if there is a way to delete the comments I’d love to know because I posted some thinking that I could edit or remove them later and I can’t get red of them now.


      I agree, and I am a great example of the Christian who is selfish.  Sometimes the only reason I don’t just slam a brick into my brother’s nose is because I would get in huge trouble – obviously a very selfish reason.  There’s another, much more subtle, example of selfish motives worth considering – have you ever been watching a TV show or movie about sharing?  What is the motivation that media gives you for sharing?  Is it “share because sharing is what God says is right,” or is it “share because it gives you such a nice, warm feeling – because it makes you feel good about yourself”?  Unless you only watch Veggie Tales, it was probably the latter.  Well that’s selfishness – it’s still about you.

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    • #1210

      I am in agreement with Graham. Particularly when he said, “They are blind to the fact that those in superior authority are inflicting punishment out of a certain care for them.” As the bible says in Proverbs 22:15 “Foolishness is in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him” So we as Christians should discipline our child through spanking them and if we do not then foolishness will stay in them. One of the most important things I have ever learned is that love is doing what is best for someone whether they like it or not, and ever time I would be spanked my father or mother would look me in the eye and say “I am doing this because I love you and it is whats best for you” at the time I did not believe but as I grew and saw examples of kids who were not swatted I became very thankful for the punishment I had received.

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