Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. (NCV)
They are blessed who hunger and thirst after justice, for they will be satisfied. (NIV)
Both are Matthew 5:6. See the big difference? One says, “hunger and thirst for righteousness,” and the other, “hunger and thirst after justice.” Huh? The Greek word is “dikaiosúnē.” It means both righteousness and justice. How does that work?
Two sides of the same coin, heads and tails. Righteousness is the person doing the right thing. Justice is the community, the society doing the right things.
The problem today is this: The conservative, right wing, of the church focuses on righteousness and not so much on justice. The liberal, left wing, of the church focuses on the justice and not so much on righteousness. In God’s eyes, both are important. Two sides of the same coin.
The challenge today for us is to hunger and thirst for both. And remember, true righteousness, true justice is only going to truly happen through Jesus. We work for it now. We hunger and thirst for it now. And we know it truly happens only when Jesus comes again.
Stay hungry. Stay thirsty!