Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Opus 2012-129, Discernment Watch: Vengeance and Justice, Part 3 of 4

Wanting to be top dog is part of our sinful nature.  It infects people at all social and economic classes.  Consider this warning,
(Proverbs 28:3 NAS77)  A poor man who oppresses the lowly Is like a driving rain which leaves no food.
Even people at the bottom look for people to boss around.  People at the top have more opportunity.  People at the bottom are forced to look harder.

But justice is a two edged sword.  Read over this passage from Exodus and pay special attention to the last part:
(Exodus 23:1-3 NAS77)  "You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.  You shall not follow a multitude in doing evil, nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after a multitude in order to pervert justice; nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his dispute.”
If you need more, here are a couple of verses that reinforce the idea:
(Leviticus 19:15 KJV)  Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.

(Deuteronomy 1:17 KJV)  Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God's: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.
It seems pretty clear to me.  I know it doesn’t fit current political correctness.  I know it will make you unpopular.  Just because everyone is doing it does not make it right.  Just because someone is poor does not make them deserving special treatment.  Just because someone is rich does not mean they are to be condemned.  The statue of justice is blindfolded for a reason.

To be continued....

homo unius libri

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