Discrimination

Read Psalm 60

Focus on verses 4 -5

The meaning of words often changes as our culture changes. There was a time when the word “gay” simply meant that someone was happy. The word “discrimination” is a word, which has not really changed in its definition, since it has always had multiple applications. What seems to have changed is that our current culture is attempting to make it politically incorrect – or if possible even illegal – to discriminate between what is good and what is evil.

Certainly it is problematic when people judge one another solely based upon race or gender. This kind of discrimination is unfair to those who innocently happen to be of the discriminated race or gender but are otherwise upstanding citizens. In this sense it is a good thing to oppose discrimination when it treats people unfairly. It is however; equally problematic for those seeking to enforce law and order in a society when they are not allowed to used some discrimination when assessing uncivilized behavior. For instance, if the majority of criminal activity seems to be generated by a certain group of individuals – it makes sense for police to scrutinize individuals who belong to that group more closely than those who are from a group that typically is law abiding. This should not give everyone else a free pass, nor should it automatically preclude that all from a specific group are guilty. If the 98% of people seeking to sabotage domestic airlines are males between the age of 18 and 30, it would make sense to look more closely at males of that age group, and to be a little more lenient with the 86 year old granny’s going through security.

In today’s reading it struck me that God is actually quite discriminating, yet He treats every person with absolute equality and fairness. David writes in verse four and five:

You have set up a banner for those who fear you,

That they may flee to it from the bow.

That your beloved ones may be delivered,

Give salvation by your right hand and answer us!

When God allows a nation to reap the consequences of its collective rejection of Him, He is cognizant of the minority, which has remained faithful to Him. It does not guarantee that these will not suffer with the rest of the nation. What it does tell us is that He uses very accurate discrimination between those whose heart is faithful and those whose heart is faithless. While to us it may seem circumstantial, I strongly suspect that there is no such thing as circumstance. Everything that happens to us and around us has a purpose. It is entirely possible that we will never truly understand God’s purpose in some events until we stand before Him and He explains them to us, but I can pretty much guarantee that He has a purpose in it all, and that when the right time comes – He will reveal to us why it had to be that way.

The big difference between God’s discrimination and our discrimination is that He is always fair and never makes mistakes when He judges our hearts. Perhaps that is why it might be best to leave most of the discriminating and judging up to Him.

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About Dented-Knight

Peter Enns (aka - The Dented Knight) is a native of rural southern Manitoba, Canada. He is an ordained minister, the proprietor of LNE Web Services, father of four, grandfather of two, and life long husband of one. 
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