God is a God of the Underdog (Deut 1:16-17)

Deuteronomy 1:16-17 “Judge righteously between a man and his brother or the alien who is with him. You shall not be partial in judgment. You shall hear the small and the great alike.” (ESV)

animal-239867_640_puppies_cropGod is a God of the underdog. He cares very much for those that society typically cares very little about. Here, Moses, speaking on behalf of God, says that even the immigrant living in the land is to receive the same justice as the one who has lived there for generations. And the ones that are poor and not so educated or articulate ought to have equal chance of getting justice as the rich and powerful.

I am happy to be living in a country with a system built on this kind of foundation. However, in practice, the achievement of the objective of the small and great being equal under the law sometimes falls short. Money can buy all sorts of things, including better lawyers and influence public opinion through use of advertisements and other media — not to mention buying influence with politicians through surprisingly legal campaign contributions.

To apply this verse to my life, I first of all try not to show favoritism when I am in the position of judging. Secondly, I always try to support making rules that will give the powerless a chance for justice against the powerful. Achieving a perfect system is impossible, but trying to establish a system after God’s own heart — one that cares for the weakest and most vulnerable — is a worthy thing for His followers to do.

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