I was out fishing the other day on a beautiful lake when a thought struck me.  It was a justice thought (P.S. One of the best places to think is while fishing… especially when the fish are not biting).  I don’t know if it is a good thought or not, but I wanted to share it anyways.  Blogging helps me flesh out these ideas so that they make more sense.

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Here is what I was thinking.  I spent probably $10 on fishing supplies for the week that I was fishing (worms, hooks, etc.).  The first day, I did not really catch anything.   Just a couple of fish – 2, I think.  So I thought to myself, “Man, maybe I should have used that $10 to buy some fish at the store.”  I could have bought maybe 5 or 6 fish at the store.  That would have been more than the fish I caught that day.  And more fish is more fish, right?  Actually, not really.

Since I used the money to buy the supplies, I could fish again the next day.  And the next day was a good day.  I caught 8 fish.  And the next day I caught 5 fish.  And the next day I caught 7 fish.  I was able to do this because I bought the fishing supplies that allowed me to have a sustainable source of income (fish).  So if I would have simply used the money to buy fish, I would have had 5 or 6.  But since I used the money to buy supplies and then fished for four days, I had 22 fish.  And I could continue fishing later.

Simple illustration, right?  But what does it mean?

I believe that it is the difference between charity and justice.images 6667

With charity, we can only do things once.  Give something here, give something there.  But with justice we can do things continually.  We have a sustainable source of aid.

Which one is better?  I don’t know if I can be the judge.  But I know how the fishing example works.  I know that my $10 is better spent on the fishing supplies instead of just the fish.

Can justice be this simple?

I don’t know.  But I am excited to find out.

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