Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge people with equity? No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth. Psalm 58:1-2
Justice and equality are two things that America and some other nations claim to believe in. Rulers all across the nation claim to aim for justice and equality among people. America is really strong in claiming the belief that all people are created equal and that no one is to be discriminated against based on anything.
Rules are constantly being changed or made to make everyone equal, that every person will have equal justice in every situation.
David asks the questions of how the rulers were speaking and judging the people. He does not see them as acting justly or with equity. In fact, he says they strive to bring violence upon the earth.
These types of actions can be seen with many different governments. In the process of claiming justice, they discriminate against a believer. Those who stand true and faithful to God are often prosecuted as haters. Believers are often no longer able to make a statement against something that is sinful, because it is seen as hate.
Those is the church are not always a lot different than the rulers are. There are many in the church that will quickly say that if one does not worship in the exact same way, he is going to hell and will not make it into heaven.
Others will just stand on the side shouting hateful words at those living in the world. All they do is condemn and never show any love or mercy. They are actually promoting violence in the name of God.
Believers are to show love and mercy to everyone. They are to love everyone, including the worst enemies. Justice is to be shown the same to every person, regardless of whether they believe in God or not. This can be done only if one is truly following Jesus with his whole heart.
Think about the words that you speak to others. Think about the actions you show to others. What are they promoting?
Regardless of whether a person is a believer or not, you should treat each one equally with God’s great love and mercy. Seek to bring God’s peace into the lives of every person you meet, not judgement and hate. This can only be done by promoting the gospel of Jesus, rather than just rules.
How are you at speaking and treating others?
I pray today that you will know the love of God; that you will love all others as God has loved you; that you will act in God’s true justice; that you will only judge as God has judged you; and that you will spread the message of Jesus to this world.