“The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools’ (Proverbs 26:7, KJV).
Did you know October 16 was Blog Action Day? Bloggers from around the world have written posts about what inequality means to them. We all have encountered inequity in daily life and now is the time to brainstorm about how to change the injustices. The change must come from within ourselves.
Inequality is Everywhere, so what affects me the most? All around are the handicapped and the athletic, the movers and the sedentary, varying races, the rich and the poor.
Many claim that life is unfair. How can that be when life is not a person to be judged? Life is what is given by God to help us grow into the best we can be or to form us into the very best. Life is His testing ground to find out what is really inside us–our metal.
So what if I am born with less I.Q. than my sibling or my associates? Can I still be worthy to be called a human being? Can I be the best possible in my situation or will I wallow in self-pity like a sow in the mire?
More recently, I have noticed the mentally imbalanced opening their hearts in blogs or those who have great losses writing out of grief. What if those needy people have been given to me for my training in compassion? If there were no needy people, how could humanity learn to reach out? Should I blame God for what I see or should I thank Him for giving me a chance to serve? Do I spurn those needy individuals or help them? Do I deliberately walk on the other side of the street to avoid spending time with them in public? Shame on me if I do!
Some inequality is based in poor lifestyle choices, choices of friends, or the bright lights over personal commitment to what is good and right. Poor clothing choices may attract undesirables. Don’t cry to me if you were dressed like a street walker when some man attacked you. Many fail to consider that their choices in life affect not only themselves but also those around them. A drunkard’s whole family is affected. Some pitiful mates who have never been unfaithful still get STD’s. That inequality in life is based in unfaithfulness of mind and heart of the mate, causing grief and shame for everyone. The ME generation only thinks of itself and so when “life” does not dish out exactly what their appetite calls for, they scream, “UNFAIR.”
During my seventy-five years of life, I have witnessed many injustices caused by man himself, many inequalities in countries and nations and unfair treatment of religious or ethnic groups. Do the oppressors even consider following a common universal code of ethics? Man’s cruelty to animals is atrocious, but man’s inhumanity to man is far worse. Consider the human trafficking in the world–all done for geed or personal satisfaction and not one iota of consideration of the ones abused.
Some men (women too) can be climbers, greedy and selfish, using those they deem to be lesser for their ascent. They use them and then toss them away like filthy rags. Unfortunately, lesser men who want to climb but can’t are willing to be used, yet feel bitter hatred for being tossed aside when it is over.
Let us not be one of the ones who show partiality in family relationships, friendships, business dealings or any other way. Remember that true justice, judgment and equity are ideals we all need to work toward. Consider the following passages in relation to this concept:
“The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion” (Proverbs 1:1-4).
“And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter” (Isaiah 59:14).
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Beth, almost invariably, I wind up Googling a word, name, or phrase after reading one of your posts: today, the phrase “man’s inhumanity to man” clicked in my distant memory. You probably knew this, but Robert Burns is the originator of that line, in “Man was made to mourn”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man%27s_inhumanity_to_man
Thank you for encouraging us to try to be more impartial, “fairer,” in our dealings with others. Sometimes I am tempted to give it up as a lost cause. When we are treated unfairly, it is often appropriate to fight it–but it will only harm us if we allow that ill treatment to become a root of bitterness.
Burns was always one of my favorite poets. Did you ever study “To a Louse” with its satire on the rich girl’s–better-than-thou attitude? A modern day “translation” of Burns’ dialectical English is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_a_Louse
Every day I witness one human’s unfair treatment of another and am filled with grief at what I see. Yes, if we allow a root of bitterness to settle in and fester, it will defile us all, make us continue to be angry or hate. Bitterness not corrected does not allow the sores to heal, in groups or nations.
As usual, we think alike! How very comforting to have a friend who understands!
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I never studied “To a Louse,” but recently I quoted the best-known lines of that poem on my Facebook page. Burns had much wisdom: no wonder the Scots love him so much. (I will confess that I understand him better when I read the modern-day version.)
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