Pickin' Sides

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 18

Gold Nugget
Verse 5: "It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment."

Today's "gold nugget" may seem as if it applies to our influence in the judicial process, but that would be a very superficial assessment of a deeper concept. We cannot afford to overlook how this verse can be applied in our everyday lives. If two people you know are at odds and you have the ability to influence the conclusion, you'd better be sure of the facts or say nothing at all. As my grandmother used to say, "It takes two to tango". There are two sides to every story. Consider verse 13 of this very chapter, "He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him". Taking sides without making sure you are siding correctly would be foolish.

Consider the new guy at work that is hearing a lot of bad things about the boss. The new guy's impression of his boss is still open.. the jury is still out. "Judgment" has not yet been passed. You know the employee that is unloading on the new guy is lazy and has problems with the boss due to his own poor work ethics. You can attempt to be popular with the venting employee by sharing in his sentiments, or give an alternative perspective to the new employee. Most of us would just be quiet. "It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment.We have opportunities like this that present themselves pretty frequently. When the next one arises, consider this verse. Let's make sure that our words and influences do not result in anyone passing false judgment on the innocent.

Lord, if situations arise where it is necessary to take a side, help us to discern wisely and defend the righteous as you do. Amen

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