“Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have: I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt.”
One of God’s great concerns was that His people treated everyone the same. In the verse above, God told Moses that Israel was not to have a different standard for different people. He said that He wanted everyone treated in a just manner. When it came to business, they were to treat everyone the same. When it came to the law, everyone was to be treated according to the law. It didn’t matter what position a person held, how well you knew someone, or how much you disliked someone; you were to treat everyone with the same standard.
God drove this point home even more in the New Testament. Six times in the New Testament, God teaches that the believer is not to have “respect of persons.” Justice and fairness in your treatment of people is the only way to keep a society or organization civil. It is when you start treating different people according to different standards that corruption sets into a society or organization to their destruction. It is critical for the sake of God’s favor that everyone is to be treated the same.
One of the things I have tried to do as a leader throughout the years is to treat everyone the same. People will oftentimes come to me and ask me if they can do something, and my response has always been that I must find out what I have done in the past so that I can determine what I am going to do with their request. My desire is to be sure that everyone is treated with the same standard.
Though justice is one of the most unpopular topics, we must be just if we want to be like God. Romans 2:11 says, “For there is no respect of persons with God.” Justice is not only done to be sure that you are fair with everyone, but it is done so that you can be like God. You cannot have different standards for different people and be like God at the same time. God treats everyone according to the standard of His Word, and this is what makes it easy for every person, no matter who they are or what they have done, to know how they can please God.
Let me challenge you to desire justice for all. Every person is concerned about justice when it comes to how they are treated, but only people who have a true desire for justice will be concerned with how others are treated justly. Let me ask you, does it bother you when people you don’t like are treated unjustly? Your love for justice or fairness is not determined by whether people treat you or those you like or love justly, but your love for justice is determined by how it bothers you when those you dislike are treated unjustly.
Let me bring this down to where we all live. Do you treat the “unlovely” person in your church with the same kindness as you treat those who can benefit you? Do you treat the child who is a bit unkempt or misbehaved with the same love that you treat the child who is dressed sharp and is well behaved? One of the greatest needs, not only in society, but also in our churches, is being just in our treatment for all. It should not matter if it is your own family or someone else who doesn’t affect you, it should bother you when people are not treated in a just manner, and it should please you when even your enemy is treated justly for the good. You must learn to be just in your treatment of everyone if you want to be like God.