Why did you write N&AJ?
I perceived that many people desire to better understand what justice is and how the administration of justice affects the workings of government and the economy. I could not find a concise, yet comprehensive book to teach people how justice should be applied in public matters today. In the absence of such a book, I decided to write N&AJ.
Who is your intended audience?
The intended audience for N&AJ is anyone who desires to better know how to love God and their neighbor. If this love is not a person’s main motivation, I expect the message of N&AJ will only seem confusing and impractical. For those who desire a society of love and goodwill, I expect they will receive N&AJ with a sober enthusiasm.
Can this N&AJ make a difference?
I do not know how important this particular book will be. Given the level of injustice in the world, I felt compelled to write something constructive to attempt to reverse the tragic, global slide into totalitarianism and debt-slavery. Nevertheless, books cannot save people, if people and their works are to be preserved, it will be because they individually have faith in God and learn to love their neighbors. If they love Christ, they will keep His Commandments and find joy because our Lord will never forsake His people.
What is the purpose of legislation in civil government?
The sole legitimate purpose of legislation in civil government is to provide instruction in a native people’s language about how to know the law and impose just sanctions upon those who need to learn justice. It is to apply laws that never change to changing social situations and the evolution of language is constantly is in a state of flux and change.
The thesis of N&AJ does not seem to fit into a conservative-libertarian-Christian or liberal-Christian synthesis. Isn’t it necessary to build such coalitions in order to bring justice to the nation?
No, the Gospel of Christ is not partisan. Its truth is sufficient to save individuals, their communities and nations. The influences of humanistic philosophies are not necessary to improve the prospects of justice where love is widely practiced.
Do you think political liberals will understand and appreciate the message of this book?
Yes I do. Political liberals want to see social justice, but admittedly this has often proven to be an illusive quest. Like conservatives, they often are reduced to fighting over elections, the lawmaking powers and the police in an attempt to improve everyone’s social experience. I believe in the main all people will appreciate an appeal to love and peace instead of more partisan politics, accusations, threats and violence as applied to political action. Like conservatives, their challenge will be to understand and support God’s will on earth as it is in heaven.
Can a secular system of justice ever work?
That depends upon what one means by the word “justice.” If one defines justice as being whatever a government claims it to be, then the answer is: Yes, it can always “work” for a while given a fearful populace and enough political power. But if one defines justice as the act of enforcing only the laws and sanctions that God decrees, the answer is also: Yes, it can “work.” However, these represent two mutually exclusive concepts of the definition of what the word “justice.” In a secular system of justice, justice is what powerful people say it is, but in a godly system of justice, justice is what the one true God says it is. God’s Word transcends the circumstances and philosophies of all people. True justice promotes reconciliation, peace and goodwill among people who follow the way of God. This leads to responsible liberty, but false justice suppresses liberty and relies upon the domination and control over the details of everyone’s life.
Where can true liberty be found?
It seems that everyone wants to experience liberty, but they often look for it in the wrong places. Lawmaking and police enforcement cannot advance liberty because liberty can only function when people choose to love God and their neighbors. Laws are powerless to make people love others since true love casts out fear, it is not motivated or controlled by force and intimidation. Love cannot be imposed by force upon a society, but rather is the fruit of faith in God and an appreciation of His grace. Law is powerless to establish liberty, but faith, hope and love is the foundation upon which all responsible liberty must be based.