Should Mankind Be Partial To Others?
"16 And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him. 17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God's: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it. Deut. 1:16-17 (KJV)
Being partial means showing favoritism towards one person or persons over others. Is it right for people to be partial? In Deuteronomy it says that a judge must be honest when judging people, because you hear about both the great and small. Do not take bribes because your judging will be unfair. If someone offers you money or something to make you like them, do not take it. You may have to be a person that will decide their fate in a court and then your decision will not be fair.
God says that if the cause is too hard for you, bring it unto me and I will hear it. I think that this means that if you have to make a decision out of a tough situation, don't hesitate to call upon God to help you. He will always help his children. Deuteronomy also says that gifts will blind the wise and change the words of the righteous.
Leviticus says that you shall not respect the poor or honor the mighty, but in righteousness shall thou judge thy neighbor. This means that in a court of judgement all people are, or should be, considered equal.
Not only should mankind not be partial, but Christians are warned against it. James says, "My brother have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons". This means that you can have respect for people, but do not let it break up friendships. Snobbish distinctions are utterly inconsistent with true Christianity.
wrote by Mark F. Workman