Role of Government in Justice

Cover of "Between Pacifism And Jihad: Jus...

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So I’m reading Between Pacifism and Jihad by J. Daryl Charles.  While I was reading last night, I stumbled across this statement,

Governing authority is neutral and can be used for better or for worse, for good or for evil.  While society does not rest on power, it needs power to subsist.  But what standard then is governing power considered legitimate?  To the extent that it promotes justice and seeks to counter injusticeIt then becomes the sobering responsibility of those holding office, as well as the electorate in democratic societies, to work for justice so that over time their laws are a closer reflection of what is truly just. (Charles, 88; bold mine)

While the book is about the just war tradition, I think this can also be applied to social justice and social ministry issues.


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