Henry was in a tight bind. He wanted to do the right thing, but his boss was offering him a promotion if he would turn a blind eye to the activity going on in the back room. Henry knew it was wrong but his family needed the extra income. Deep down he knew he couldn’t live with himself if he did overlook it. When the owner of the company asked him what was going on, he chose to pursue justice and tell the truth. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the promotion, but he did keep his integrity.
Do not deny justice or show partiality to anyone. Do not accept a bribe, for it blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous. Pursue justice and justice alone, so that you will live and possess the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
Showing partiality causes division in families, friendships, and churches. It creates an atmosphere of tension as those who were neglected hold it against those who were favored. Bribes can be used to get something that was not deserved. It can also lead to denying justice to those who need it the most. Be the one to pursue justice.
Don’t Be Blinded
Favortism blinds our eyes. When we deny justice or show favoritism, it darkens our wisdom and taints our words. It prevents us from doing the right thing. Those who were favored expect it to continue. We need to be careful and strive to live a life of integrity. Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is looking.
Pursue justice for those who have been wronged. Stand up for the weak, and speak up for the silent. Don’t be afraid to stand up to those who have the power. When we do this we will possess the blessings God intends for us and our spirit will walk in freedom knowing that we have done the right thing.