God is really big on justice. In Deuteronomy 16, Moses is explaining the plan for the people, and winds down his speech with these words:
“19 Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.20 Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
He throws out several commands in this one:
1. Do not pervert justice – Don’t cheat other people. Don’t lie. Don’t deceive others. Justice happens at work, at school, at home, in our town, our nation, and globally. Wherever you have a relationship, don’t pervert justice. Be truthful, honest, live so that accusations can’t stick to you.
2. Do not show partiality – Don’t be impressed or afraid of anyone because of “who they are”. Don’t let other people dictate how you live. Live for God, not for other people. Don’t show favoritism to one person at the expense of someone else, no matter what you may get from it.
3. Do not accept a bribe – Don’t let yourself be bought. People try to buy us with fake friendships, with popularity, with dishonest praise, with acceptance/rejection, with fear, and all sorts of stuff. Most of us aren’t bribed with cash by someone, but other people try to buy us off all the time. Don’t fall for it.
4. Follow justice, and justice alone – Do what is right, because it is right. Not because it’s easy, fun, convenient, simple, painless, or benefits us. Do what is right, what is just, regardless of how big, scary, intimidating, powerful, rich, or strong the oppressor might be. Do what is right. Follow justice, and justice alone.
Which of these four is God pushing you to work on today? For me, it’s number two. How about you?