Matthew 2; Exodus 22:1-23:33; Proverbs 10
I’ve heard the old saying ever since I was young that justice is blind. True justice seeks the truth and consequences are based on the truth. It doesn’t always work that way. Some would tell you that the rich can buy “justice” in this country. Others will automatically assume that the wealthy are always in the wrong. The Bible speaks to the way it should be. “Don’t spread false rumors. Don’t plot with evil people to act as a lying witness. Don’t take sides with important people to do wrong. When you act as a witness, don’t stretch the truth to favor important people. But don’t privilege unimportant people in their lawsuits either.” (Exodus 23:1-3) In a perfect world, the only determining factor when dealing with justice would be the truth. Of course, we don’t live in a perfect world because so many would pervert the truth to accomplish their own aims. That means we have to look at ourselves first. We can’t change others without looking inside our own hearts and following God’s plan. Would we act as lying witnesses to promote our cause? Would we automatically support people that are rich, or in this translation, “important” just because they are rich or important? At the same time, would we be so counter-culture as to support someone because they are “poor” or “unimportant” in the eyes of the world? They often make easy targets, which is wrong, but they shouldn’t be used as ammunition for a cause against others. In short, our responsibility is to work for truth. Only as the truth is discovered can we find justice. Of course, as followers of Christ we should be grateful that we receive mercy from God and not justice. May our aim be to work for truth and justice, but to extend God’s mercy when possible.
Lord God, remind me of Your desire for truth as I deal with people today. Help me know the truth in dealing with them. Help me to know what justice is. Then, Lord, help me to show the mercy of forgiveness to those who have wronged me.