Law & Justice
Law is a tricky subject. When we read the Old Testament we want to run away from the pages and pages of law in the pentateuch - they seem so heavy, so life-less. But law exists for a reason - both in the early days of Israel, and also in the 21st century. It exists to protect the innocent, to set a standard for justice, and to give a basis for fairness in society. Law is good and law was God's idea long before it came into the hands of lawyers!
Many people ask ‘how can you possibly be a Christian and a lawyer?’ Lawyers tend to be thought of as cold, analytical, and perhaps grasping, devious, not to be trusted. Perhaps not as far down the scale as bankers or estate agents but not far off. But actually the legal profession is an area that God is very interested in. In biblical thinking, justice is part of God’s character and He provided a model of a legal system for His people. Justice will ultimately only be done when Christ comes again, but our job is to do it as well as it can be done here.
In Cross-Current we want to give you a biblical framework for understanding the place of believers in the legal world, the role of law in society, the nature of justice and fairness in God's sight. And we want to help you to tackle the structural issues in the profession in your country as you daily seek to live as Christ's agent of reconciliation in your world.
The Cross-Current Law group is run by former British High Court Judge Sir Jeremy Cooke. To read an interview with Sir Jeremy please follow this link.