Justice is important. Justice restores what has been broken. It rights the wrongs. It returns things to how they should be. We see throughout scripture that justice matters to God: "The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love" (Psalm 33:5). God tells us to "follow justice and justice alone" (Deuteronomy 16:20) and that "blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right" (Psalm 106:3).
But is that all that God would have for us?
As Christians, we celebrate the the ultimate redemption of our brokenness: Christ's miracle of resurrection after His death on the cross. The story of Christ's death and resurrection goes beyond justice. It shows us that God has a bigger plan for us in mind.
Wise or Alexander will absolve our inclination for white preachers in the pulpits? How many diversity seminars shall we attend in order to earn our atonement? God's work is not sterile, it's not neat. It's not about dutiful acts performed at arm's length. We treat God's redemption like a series of checkboxes on our do-gooder's list, but that sort justice is not worth the intimate sacrifice of a Savior on a cross.
It is Christ's death and resurrection that grabbed our attention here on earth enough to cause us to want to change our lives and our world. Therefore, we do not continue in the behavior that caused our separation, but strive to restore what was broken. But we must go beyond that as well, into the new Church that Christ has made for us--abiding with one another, celebrating each other. No longer simply striving for equality, but for deep enduring unity that reflects the rich relationships that God would have for us.