Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment. Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous. That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. (Deut. 16:18-20)
God desired that those judges and other officers appointed in Israel were to judge fairly and honestly. They were to judge according to the Law with righteous judgment based on facts and not bribes or persuaded by the status of any person. They were to be just and merciful, applying the Law as given. God would bless the land and the judges for their fairness and righteous judgment.
Our justice system is patterned after this biblical model, but sadly many are not following the principle of blind justice presented by God. Though we cannot expect lost judges to be righteous, for apart from God they cannot, the principle of honest and fair judgment is still an integral part of the justice system, at least in this country. While many judges do well despite the flaws in the system, true righteousness and righteous judgment can only come when people are changed by the new birth which comes from repentance and faith in Jesus Christ and His finished and perfect work on the Cross of Calvary. Outside the justice system and courts, Christians are called to righteous judgment of sin, not sinners for they are already judged by God, and fairness in their dealings with others. Judging by appearance, respecting persons, or unrighteous judgment based on gain or bribe is not fitting for one who claims the Name of Christ as He is not a respecter of persons nor can any persuade Him by their gifts or bribes. Christians are called to be like the Law-giver and follow the principles He has laid out in His Word and God will bless His people for their integrity and obedience.
God has sent those who are His and know Him out into this world to reach the lost that they might be saved from sin. He desires that His people strive to be holy and obedient unto Him that we might minister to those around us who are hurting and in need as He provides. We serve others, equipped with the Word of reconciliation and righteousness, rightly divided and fitly spoken, that they may see Christ in us, the hope of Glory. Our God has commanded us to love one another with an unfeigned love, even as He first loved us, and to disciple one another in the Word of God so that we may all grow in grace and in the Knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Our Lord has commissioned those who are His with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to go where He sends us in the power of the Holy Spirit. As we go, we are to proclaim the Good News of forgiveness through repentance and reconciliation with the Father through faith in His Son, that those who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah of God might have life in His Name.
God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and the knowledge of the Truth. Jesus loves you and wants to establish a covenant relationship with you that is real and personal. Surrender to Him on His terms and He will give you a brand new life of discipleship and fellowship with Him that is abundant and everlasting. God calls you to faith in Christ and His finished and perfect work on the Cross of Calvary to pay your sIn debt. He has provided the only way of reconciliation with God, forgiveness from God, and Salvation through Jesus Christ, the Son of God who is God the Son, to give you a new life in Christ. Turn away from yourself and your sIn and turn to Him alone for eternal Life, now and always.