What is the symbol of justice in the United States of America? The symbol of justice is a blindfolded lady holding a set of scales in her hands. Because of the blindfold, she is unable to see anyone as she serves justice making her an impartial judge. The whole intent of this symbol is to represent to the world our justice system is impartial; that all men are created and treated equal under the laws of this great nation. Yet, how many of us are partial when it comes to judging others. For example in the Book of James Chapter 2 we read of this example, ““For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?”” You tell yourself you would never do that but in reality we are partial in one way or another. You may have some neighbor you just do not like, or a favorite restaurant you like to eat at. Being partial does not necessary mean it is always bad, but when it can effect how you treat others it does become an issue in your life. James 2:8-9 says “if you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors,”.. James gives us another example in verse 15, “If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?” In verse 20 we read “But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?”
There is a story told of a lady recently who was in the grocery store shopping and she noticed her wallet in her purse was missing. She quickly thought back and remembered a brief contact with a man in the store. She made a decision to go and confront this person on stealing the wallet. She said I know you took the wallet out of my purse so I am going to give you two choices. 1 – I can immediately call the police and you can keep the wallet or 2 – You can give me back the wallet and I will buy your food today. Now the man was broken hearted and literally started to cry. He handed her back her wallet and told her how sorry he was. As they walked around the store the man got his food and it came to $27 and some change. The lady reports she normally does not carry money in her wallet but for some reason she had some and in her purse was $28.
James 2:13 says, “For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
Winter is coming upon us and there will be many families who need someone to just come along side and give them words of encouragement or even a meal from time to time. Maybe it is time to set aside our partiality and answer the call “ Love your neighbor as yourself”.