Every person on the planet should read Mark Anspach’s Vengeance in Reverse where he notes that as long as two sides seek to search for the origin of a conflict (who started it and whose response is justifiable and justified) they will never be able to arrive at a solution for it.
Of course followers of Jesus know ‘God’s justice’ (the Pauline phrase ‘dikaiosune theou’) is grounded in the cross of Jesus, where a new economy was initiated, an economy where accounting and ledgers were banished, forgiveness lavished, and relationship restored (2 Cor. 5:17-21). Paul puts it another way saying all humanity is broken and bent in Adam (Romans 5; and possibly Adam and Cain in Romans 7), and all humanity is restored in Jesus’ death and resurrection (Romans 5:12-21).
His trans-historical way of putting this is to say God has determined that in every cause, in every case, every person has been destructive, there is no one good, truly beneficent, no matter how much we may valorize them. All of us, the entire human species is lost. Because all are lost, all must be found, because all are broken and bent, all must be healed.
Salvation is for all, that is the divine economy. There is no us and them in the divine economy, there is only a ‘we.’ Christendom abandoned that insight long, long ago.
From Michael Hardin’s Facebook page.