‘Abhorrent to the Lord your God’ Deuteronomy 25.16 VOTD

“For anyone who acts dishonestly in these ways is abhorrent to the Lord your God.”

Deuteronomy 25.16

Accurate and correct measures were conditions for Israel’s long life.

Honesty is necessary for the practice of justice.

#honesty #VOTD #justice

Confusing spiritual mercy with a lack of physical justice

It seems as though many people in the religious world do not know the difference between spiritual mercy triumphing over spiritual justice and spiritual mercy that ignores physical justice – even to the extent that child molesters are given a pass from deserved prison time simply because they wear a collar around their neck!

“…Francis overruled the advice of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and reduced a sentence that called for the priest to be defrocked, two canon lawyers and a church official told AP. Instead, the priests were sentenced to penalties including a lifetime of penance and prayer and removal from public ministry.” (Pope quietly trims sanctions for sex abusers seeking mercy)

“Penalties” including a lifetime of penance and prayer and removal from public ministry? The reality of such a “penalty” is nothing but a prime example of what it means to confuse mercy with a lack of physical justice. It would do an injustice to the phrase “slap on the wrist” if someone were to use it in connection to the “penalties” listed above.

Spiritual mercy is God’s business, and such a mercy can be found by meeting his requirements regardless of the sin that has been committed.

Physical justice is the responsibility of those who are in authority upon the Earth. Without physical justice there is no law; only anarchy. And when such justice is blatantly ignored by those in authority, the victim is forced to suffer an injustice twice…once at the hands of the criminal, and again at the hands of the “authority” who perverts the very definition of the word justice with their less than paltry judgment.

The justice being ignored by the Vatican’s pope is not something that has been incurred by a speeder, a jay-walker, someone stealing so they can eat, or even two consenting adulterers. The crime was the institutionalized sexual assault of children! And a lack of cuffs around the wrist due to a collar around the neck perverts the concept of mercy triumphing over judgment by denying physical judgment a chance to even take place.

““Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!” (Matthew 18:6-7)

#authority, #justice, #mercy

The Even-Handed Justice of Man (A Word to the Wise)

“A just weight and balance are the LORD’S: all the weights of the bag are his work (Proverbs 16:11, NKJV). In this exhortation of the Holy Spirit, the king over his people is not one who is to sustain his own pleasures with corrupting influences. Instead, he lives by the standard that is of God. When issues need to be properly judged, the king is to have a standard that is even-handed and right. The only standard known to man that is that way is the standard that belongs to the Lord. Too often man gets in the way of himself as he tries to administer justice; the subjectivity of evaluating motives makes even-handed justice difficult at best. A prime example of this is secular progressivism, or liberalism. There is no chance for justice to be rendered evenhandedly across the board because the standard of measurement is always floating, changing and fluid. My friends, reject the ways of man (Proverbs 14:12) and accept the ways of the Lord.

#justice, #word-to-the-wise

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11-9-2016 The Wicked Will Not Escape

“Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him. But it will not be well with the wicked; nor will he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he does not fear before God” (Ecclesiastes 8:11-13 NKJV).  When people aren’t immediately “struck down” from Heaven by God; or their case drags on through the court system; or there is not enough “justice” in the Justice System to bring about conviction, people think they have gotten away “scot-free!”  The human justice system may be completely corrupted, but God’s Judgment and punishment is not!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#justice, #scot-free, #wicked

Injustice in the world

If things in the world worked as they ought, you’d not have Hillary running for president, nor Trump, for that matter. Yesterday’s FBI release (made on the Friday of a long holiday weekend, a political tactic) of the transcript of the interview with Hillary shows yet again her lying through the teeth. Even with her obvious lies, the FBI director decided there was no reason to prosecute. Anybody else would have been in prison long ago.

My point here isn’t a political statement, but a spiritual one. Continue reading

#justice

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11-17-2015 Who Asks For “Justice”

Some people call for “justice,” but they have prejudged the outcome. They falsely use the term “justice” to hide their usually racially-prejudiced demand. Solomon said: “Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD understand all” (Proverbs 28:5 NKJV). God had commanded Israelites through Moses: “You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous” (Deuteronomy 16:19 NKJV). Justice is served with regard for law and not skin color or wealth. It was a prejudiced, blood-thirsty mob who demanded their meaning of “justice” for Jesus, but “In His humiliation His justice was taken away, And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth” (Acts 8:33 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

 

#blood-thirsty, #justice, #mob, #racially-prejudiced

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6-22-2015 Seeking Justice

21-year-old Dylan Roof sat in an hour-long Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina, then slaughtered 9 people. He is yet another mass murderer from a broken home that left him feeling alienated. Speaking of God’s Law through Moses, Jesus Christ said, “the weightier matters of the law: [were] justice and mercy and faith” (Matthew 23:23 NKJV). “Justice” is an even application of law upon all. “You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous” (Deuteronomy 16:19 NKJV). In Jesus’ “humiliation His justice was taken away” (Acts 8:33 NKJV), by the street crowd shouting, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” (Luke 23:21 NKJV). Lawless lynch mobs demand “justice” when laws and righteous judgment should prevail.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#charleston, #dylan-roof, #justice, #lynch-mobs, #south-carolina