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The Scales of Justice

Have you ever listened to kids playing a game they’ve made up?  Typically, the parent knows that at some point he or she is going to have to step in and settle a dispute, because typically, the kid who made up the game also made up the rules.  Those rules are made to suit the game-maker, and when they work against him/her, the rules suddenly change.  That’s when the outcry from the others happens, and that when the parent has to step in.

My kids have done this.  They play a game with toy guns “shooting” each other with invisible bullets or lasers.
“Bang!”
“You missed!”
“No, I didn’t!”
“Yes, you did.  I ducked!”
“I shot you before you ducked!”
“I ducked just before the laser hit me!”
“Argh!

or

“Bang!”
“You missed!”
“No, I didn’t”
“Yes, you did.  I have the power so that bullets go right through me!”
“Since when?”
“Since always!  I just didn’t tell you!”
“Argh!”

And so goes the arguing.  Rules change to suit the needs of the individual.  Everyone does it, and everyone is annoyed when others do it.  What we forget though, is that changing the rules is not simply annoying; it’s unjust.  Because it is unjust; it is an abomination.  “Unequal weights and unequal measures are both alike an abomination to the LORD,” (Proverbs 20:10, ESV).  In other words, the same rules apply to everyone.  There’s no special weight for one set of people (or for myself) and different set for everyone else.  This goes for games, political issues, church issues, work issues, social issues, etc.

One cannot give President Trump a pass if they are not willing to give President Obama a pass or vice versa for like issues.  The pastor’s kids are held to the same standard as every other kid (they don’t get special treatment, nor do they get mistreated).  Equal pay for equal work and experience.  It should greatly bother us if two people who have equal crimes receive differing sentences because of their wealth, their race, or their connections.  Unequal weights are an abomination to God, and so ought to be to us.  Is it not wise and prudent then to see that injustice, the changing of rules mid-game, the “nuances” are called out for what they are?

I find it interesting that in one chapter the same issue is brought up twice.  “Unequal weights are an abomination to the LORD, and false scales are not good,” (Proverbs 20:23, ESV).  The scales of justice cry out in little areas of our lives every day.  Sometimes they are bellowing from the mountaintops.  Never are we to simply turn a blind eye to any call for justice.  Rather we are “to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God,” (Micah 6:8, ESV)

Have you ever experienced injustice?  Whether in little ways or great, big ways, comment below.