The definition of Justification is “the action of showing something to be right
The theological definition of Justification is “the action of declaring or making
righteous in the sight of God”.
I’m pretty sure the ability to show something as right or reasonable must be created at a very young age as we have all seen these traits in kids. And the trend of finding creative ways to negotiate things we want only morphs from that time. As high
school students, we advance to shoes and clothes that are “necessary” to be a part of
the group or to fit in. In college, the justification for skipping class is heading home
early that weekend to see family.
As adults, we justify purchases that would certainly fall in the discretionary category. We team up with our spouse to go on trips to warm places to “get away”
from the winter weather. At work, we find time to take care of our personal tasks in trade for the extra hours we put in last week.
Justifying life’s decisions are a true reality. Being aware of how far we go in justifying these decisions is what we have to be aware of.
Now think about a different type of justification, the type where it is not directly related to something we believe we need.
Take for example a charity banquet I was recently at, where items were auctioned off live. The bidders competed with one another in good spirits, driving up the price of items to more than 200% of what they were worth. This excess spending was truly justified to each of them because of where the money would be going, a very good cause. That is powerful justification.
Think also about all the volunteer at the church, school or shelter who give of their time without payment or recognition, justifying hours and hours of time as giveback for the fortunate live they have lived. Again, that is powerful justification.