N 2010, Michael was released from jail inTexas, U.S.A., after serving 27 years forrape—a crime he did not commit. He wasfreed when DNA tests—not available at thetimeofhisconviction—proved hisinnocence.The authorities later identiﬁed those respon-sible for the crime, but prosecution was im-possible, since the statute of limitations onthe crime had expired.Many felons evade justice. In Britain, forexample, “unsolved murders have doubledover the past decade, raising fears that po-lice and courts are unable to tackle violentcrime,” said a report in
In August 2011, British police struggledto contain another form of crime—rioting inBirmingham, Liverpool, London, and oth-er areas. Rampaging mobs set ﬁres, smashedstore windows, and looted, thus destroy-ing not only businesses, homes, and vehi-cles but also livelihoods. The motive? Formany it was sheer greed. For some, though,the acts appeared to be a response to per-ceived injustices. Those rioters, said somecommentators, may have been frustrated,“marginalized” young people growing up indeprived neighborhoods and lacking a fu-ture.The Bible character Job said: “I keep cry-ing for help, but there is no justice.” (Job19:7) Likewise today, many are cryingout for justice, but all too often, their cries go un-heeded. Really, is it within anyone’s power toeliminate injustice? Or is the hope that therewill be a more just tomorrow simply an idealentertainedbythenaive?Inorder toget asat-isfactory answer, we must examine some of the root causes of injustice.