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CS Lewis & the Unjust Judge

The other day I wrote about a former Islamist who is now able to see what Britain offers – a kind of goodness, imperfect though it is, that we can never truly see until it is gone.

Here is a brief evocation of that life-giving goodness from CS Lewis. He begins by writing about the Unjust Judge in the parable –

“There is no danger of appearing in his court against your will: the difficulty is the opposite – to get into it. It is clearly a civil action. The poor woman (Luke 15:1-5) has had her little strip of land – room for a pigsty or a hen-run – taken away from her by a richer and more powerful neighbour (nowadays it would be Town-Planners or some other “Body”). And she knows she has a perfectly watertight case. If once she could get it into court and have it tried by the laws of the land, she would be bound to get that strip back. But no one will listen to her, she can’t get it tried. . .

Behind this lies an age-old and almost world-wide experience which we have been spared. In most places and times it has been very difficult for the “small man” to get his case heard. The judge (and, doubtless, one or two of his underlings) has to be bribed. If you can’t afford to “oil his palm” your case will never reach court. Our judges do not receive bribes. (We probably take this blessing too much for granted; it will not remain with us automatically.)"

"To no one will we sell, to no one will we refuse or delay, right or justice." What a beautiful promise that is. Brits fought for it in 1215, and every subsequent century. "It will not remain with us automatically."

The quotation is from Reflections on the Psalms.