Judge Dredd was a character from the 2000 AD comic line (http://www.2000adonline.com/vault/series/dredd ), which I sometimes got to read growing up. I preferred Dan Dare and his wars with The Mekon( http://www.dandare.com/) which were running in the same comic, but Judge Dredd was fascinating. He had this complete assurance that he was the embodiment of justice. In 1995 the movies postmodernised Judge Dredd and made him conflicted in his sense of justice. At the beginning of the movie Sly Stallone, as Dredd, bellows ‘I am the Law’. By the end he is not so sure. No mortal really is going to uphold the law perfectly. We break the codes laid down by God, society and even our own selves. God is greater than the idea of Judge Dredd. God is a fearsome being without equal, and without flaw. The vision of righteous judgement in Psalm 50 is meant to be terrifying. Sly Stallone on his motorbike doesn’t really cut it:
Maybe the new Judge Dredd movie will be better http://movies.ign.com/articles/108/1088683p1.html .
A psalm of Asaph.
1 The Mighty One, God, the LORD,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to where it sets.
2 From Zion, perfect in beauty,
God shines forth.
3 Our God comes
and will not be silent;
a fire devours before him,
and around him a tempest rages.
4 He summons the heavens above,
and the earth, that he may judge his people:
5 “Gather to me this consecrated people,
who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
6 And the heavens proclaim his righteousness,
for he is a God of justice.[a][b]
7 “Listen, my people, and I will speak;
I will testify against you, Israel:
I am God, your God.
8 I bring no charges against you concerning your sacrifices
or concerning your burnt offerings, which are ever before me.
9 I have no need of a bull from your stall
or of goats from your pens,
10 for every animal of the forest is mine,
and the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know every bird in the mountains,
and the insects in the fields are mine.
12 If I were hungry I would not tell you,
for the world is mine, and all that is in it.
13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls
or drink the blood of goats?
14 “Sacrifice thank offerings to God,
fulfill your vows to the Most High,
15 and call on me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
16But to the wicked person, God says:
“What right have you to recite my laws
or take my covenant on your lips?
17 You hate my instruction
and cast my words behind you.
18 When you see a thief, you join with him;
you throw in your lot with adulterers.
19 You use your mouth for evil
and harness your tongue to deceit.
20 You sit and testify against your brother
and slander your own mother’s son.
21 When you did these things and I kept silent,
you thought I was exactly[c] like you.
But I now arraign you
and set my accusations before you.
22 “Consider this, you who forget God,
or I will tear you to pieces, with no one to rescue you:
23 Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me,
and to the blameless[d] I will show my salvation.”
- What surrounds God in this chapter?
- How is the psalmist and agent of God’s justice?
- How is God’s justice reconciled with God’s love?
- How does the media present justice?
- How are you a balanced agent of God’s justice?