"In most times and places 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). We need not therefore be surprised if the Psalms, and the Prophets are full of the longing for judgment, and regard the announcement that "judgement" is coming as good news. Hundreds and thousands of people who have been stripped of all they possess and who have the right entirely on their side will at last be heard. They know their case is unanswerable- if only it could be heard. When God comes to judge, at last it will."
In another place, Jesus told a story about a poor woman with a watertight civil case, who an unjust judge refused to hear. She kept knocking at his door, refusing to stop, until finally the judge heard her case and she received justice. The judge acted... not out of a sense of "this is the right thing to do," but out of annoyance. She received vindication and a just verdict, but with Lewis, I suspect that the judge got nothing out of the case. The point of this story seems to be twofold: For those who have been wronged, the story announces that justice will be done. The world will be set right after all, for God is on the side of those who have been wronged. But for those of us who have the power to help make things right, the story is a challenge to act.
As we watch the turmoil unfold in Syria and the Middle East, what will our response be? As we experience an influx of immigrants fleeing the systemic economic and criminal injustice of Latin America, how will we react? The knocking of the refugees has grown too loud to ignore. Their cries have been heard, and they will receive justice. But as those who stand as arbitrators in a position to help, will we do so willingly, out of a sense of compassion like the sheep? Or will our aid be given begrudgingly, like the unjust judge?