An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Affirming, not Affirmative

(Proverbs 24:23 KJV)  These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.

The KJV is more literal here but still is not completely literal.  The “partiality” of the NASB and the “respect (5235) of persons (6440)” of the KJV literally means “recognize the face”.  This kind of thinking is at the basis of American principle that we are to be a nation with the rule of law.  That law is to be applied evenly, without respect of person or status.  It is why the statue of justice wears a blindfold and holds a balance scale.

Our culture is abandoning this.  When we have such things as affirmative action and quotas we see that it is not the facts of the specific situation that are being considered but the attempt to advance a specially selected group, one who’s face is regarded.

So?  This is another trait of our culture we must reject if we want to walk with Jesus.  We cannot give special treatment to people based on our personal preferences.  Right is right and wrong is wrong.  They are not a color, a gender or a political party.  Walk in righteousness.

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