Twisted And Blindfolded Justice

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Twisted And Blindfolded Justice

 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

 

21 Jesus answered and said to them, â€œI did one work, and you all marvel.22 Moses therefore gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. 23 If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath, so that the law of Moses should not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made a man completely well on the Sabbath? 24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” (John 7:21-24 NKJV)


A few years back my wife and I went to BMW dealership wearing old clothes and flip-flop. When we arrived there, the salesman looked at us thoroughly from head to toe, and we felt very uncomfortable. Finally, he asked us, what kind of car are you driving? Toyota, my wife answered him. And he told my wife a statement that shocked us, “if you are not in a position to buy BMW, be content with what you have.” We gave a smile and left the store.

 

If outward appearances decide and judge, then no righteous judgment will come out of that, justice has been twisted and blindfolded. That dealership did not only lose potential buyer on that day but many in the days to come by word of mouth. How about Church? Do we see injustice in the Church? Have you ever seen that outward appearances determine whether or not they will be greeted? If justice has lost its value in the Church, is there still any hope to find justice in the world?

 

Bear in mind that we do not have all information about the person we may encounter on a given day; his outward appearances shall not determine who he is. Should we not give those we encounter wherever we are the benefit of the doubt especially if there is any uncertainty in our minds? What do we know other than what the person allows us to see? Are we quick in judging others, quick to talk and slow to listen? Are we then perfect, unblemished? Are we using a different much lower standard when we judge ourselves? If so, what are we trying to achieve?

 

Jesus asked a very fair question asking the Pharisees who allowed themselves to receive circumcision on the Sabbath if Sabbath fell on the eighth day, why was it wrong for Jesus to heal the sick on the Sabbath? It seems to me that the Pharisees used a different standard when they observed Jesus healed the sick on the Sabbath; while it was okay for them to receive circumcision on the Sabbath and it was not okay for Jesus to heal the sick on the Sabbath. The Pharisees applied a double standard in dealing with Jesus who healed the sick on the Sabbath.

 

May we not judge based on the outward appearances, may we not twist and blindfolded justice if we are dealing with the less fortunate people, may we give the benefit of the doubt if we have uncertainty in our minds, may we set our eyes on Christ who judges with righteous judgment and may we all humble ourselves in desperation as we seek His wisdom on a daily basis. Amen!

 

Harry Lee

Pastor

Restoration Christian Church

1900 South Santa Anita Ave.

Arcadia, CA 91006

www.rccla.org