You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small as well as the great; you shall not be afraid in any man’s presence, for the judgment is God’s. The case that is too hard for you, bring to me, and I will hear it.’
Deuteronomy 1:17 NKJV
These days it seems that people are divided into two categories, the “haves” and the “have-nots.” The haves are usually the ones who are on top in our culture. They have money, power, respect and popularity.
The have-nots … have not. They aren’t wealthy or powerful. They are often overlooked and ignored. Through no fault of their own, they are treated differently from the haves. It’s not fair, but it is the way things are in our society.
If we are not careful, we may contribute to the unfairness. We may be tempted to make up our minds about haves and have-nots based on the way other people treat them. We may buy into the lie that people who have money and popularity deserve respect and power. We may be fooled into believing that have-nots deserve less respect and power.
Folks, that is not how God sees things. God looks at individuals. He judges them based on their actions, not their status. A person’s money, popularity and respect mean nothing to Him. He focuses on what is important, the person’s heart. We should follow His example. We may not be able to see inside people’s hearts, but we can listen to the things they say and watch the way they treat others. We can make our judgments based on things that really matter.