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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Accurate Activists

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

I seem to be reading a lot about people seeking justice.  We have a lot of  anguish about the police targeting certain groups and prison populations being disproportionate.  At school I hear of teachers being “talked to” about which students are getting low grades.  On one side of the conflict are groups with questionable motives.  We need to be aware of that and resist.  On the other side is a clear Biblical mandate to not “have respect” (show NASB) (5234) “of persons” (partiality NASB) (6440) in our “judgement” (4941).  We need to be champions of that expectation.

For some reason this is a hard balance to find because in truth justice is not the goal.  Power is the goal.  When I listen to the voices of the group Black Lives Matter I don’t hear much different than what I hear from the Ku Klux Klan.  The only difference is the color being blamed.  If you look at the claims of the KKK they talk about “chivalry, honor and patriotism”.  It is hard to find those in cross burnings and lynchings. 

So?  As Christians we are to seek true impartiality in judgment.  We are not to look at the face of the people being judged and make our decisions based on that.  We are to look at the unchanging standards of right and wrong given to us by God and the clear actions of individuals and use the brain that God gave us to be fair.  We are to walk above our current culture. 

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