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T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
Books by T. M. Moore

The Rule of Law: Justice (7)

We are our brothers’ keepers.

Retributive Justice

July 06, 2013

The Rule of Law: Justice (6)

Deliberate acts of injustice require retribution.

Restorative Justice

July 05, 2013

The Rule of Law: Justice (5)

When we have caused injustice, we must set it right.

When a man opens a pit, or when a man digs a pit and does not cover it, and an ox or a donkey falls into it, the owner of the pit shall make restoration. He shall give money to its owner, and the dead breast shall be his.” Exodus 21.33, 34

Acts of injustice happen, frequently without being intended. Sometimes injustice occurs because measures of preventive justice have been neglected, as in the situation envisioned in the above statute. Whenever injustice has occurred, the one responsible for creating the injustice is required to make restoration. Thus, restorative justice is the third side of the justice pentagon.

Restorative justice, simply put, seeks to restore the situation as it existed prior to the injustice. The money a man would have to pay to his neighbor would have been enough to replace the dead animal. The loss of the animal was the only “damage” incurred by this failure of preventive justice. Nothing was required in payment to assuage the emotions of the owner at the loss of his beast, or to compensate him for the trouble of having to go to the market and purchase a new animal. The Law of God is careful not to create injustice by requiring more in the way of restorative justice than the situation actually demands.

Restorative justice can, however, require the payment of costs for injuries and lost opportunities (Ex. 21.18, 19). Such situations would be carefully considered by the judges and elders of the local community, who would hear the complaints, investigate the circumstances, reckon the payment appropriate to restore justice, and then impose it on the guilty party. Justice would be restored and without requiring more of the perpetrator of injustice than what everyone would be able to see was fair and reasonable.

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Preventive Justice

July 04, 2013

The Rule of Law: Justice (4)

Preventive justice acts to hold injustice at bay.

Obligatory Justice

July 03, 2013

The Rule of Law: Justice (3)

Biblical justice obligates us to certain actions.

We do not live in a material world only.

Justice Defined

July 02, 2013

The Rule of Law: Justice (2)

Justice is righteousness expressed in love and faithfulness.

The Rule of Law: Justice (1)

From the government of the soul to the culture, God seeks justice.

Unto Holiness

June 30, 2013

The end of the Law is holiness – the holiness of Jesus Christ.

Keep the Law

June 29, 2013

We must guard the Law which God has given us.

Serve the Lord

June 28, 2013

Make sure that, in your doing and walking, you are always serving the Lord.

Walk in God’s Law

June 27, 2013

The Law is to go with us wherever we go.

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