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.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Opus 2017-168: Digging into Deuteronomy: Partiality

(Deuteronomy 1:17 NAS77)  'You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not fear man, for the judgment is God's. And the case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.'

God has a real problem with “partiality” (5234/6440).  This is a compound word meaning “regard” (5234) the “face” (6440).  This is part of the issue of justice.  Biblical justice has two sides.  The side that is totally rejected by our pagan culture is that justice is based on the unchanging righteousness and truth of God.  Right and wrong do not change.  They are immutable. 

The second part is addressed here.  Biblical justice is impartial because it does not give one result for a rich person and another for a poor person.  The law is blind.  That is why the statue for justice has a blindfold on.  Different people distort this different ways.  The Progressives think they are God’s anointed and have the right to tell everyone else how to live.  They don’t think the rules apply to them.  They are like the absolute monarchs of old.  Social Justice Warriors think that poor people should get special privileges.  They believe that the wealth of others should be redistributed in the name of fairness.  They believe that the penalties of breaking the law should be lighter for the less fortunate.  In all cases they are above the law.

Neither is justice.  We are not to discriminate for the “small” (6996b) or the “great” (1419).  That is God’s word on the matter and we ignore it at our peril.

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