“You must not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you are called to testify in a dispute, do not be swayed by the crowd to twist justice. And do not slant your testimony in favor of a person just because that person is poor.” 23:2-3
God is a huge advocate for justice, and we should be too. He forbids twisting justice in favor of the poor or the rich. I understand the concept of this on a larger scale. But what does this look like on a small, every-day scale? How are the decisions we make advocating for justice?
How are you voting? How are you spending your money, or, what companies are you lining yourself up with? How do you treat the poor? How do you treat the rich?
Or, even, how do you treat the unpopular? Who do you favor?
You must not follow the crowd in doing wrong. This can be applied everywhere. Joining in with your coworkers, complaining about your boss. Not speaking up about the weird way your church spends money. Defending the marginalized that was the butt of the joke at dinner with friends. God is not going to measure you up with your coworkers, or speak to you and your friends, or judge you based on what your church leaders decide.
He thoroughly searches your heart. He holds you accountable to your actions.
If something nags on your heart while you read this, bring it to the Lord. We are all held to the same standards, but if he is convicting you of something, don’t look sideways and see how your peers are responding to it. If he has you riled up about with holy anger about something, respond to it! He moves people towards different things so that all the areas of injustice get covered.
Don’t feel particularly convicted about something? Partner with your friends who are. Don’t underestimate this opportunity. It might seem like a cop out to just write a check to your missionary friend, or to commit to pray to someone or sign a petition. But it’s not! My friends who are on the front lines, starting nonprofits, moving their lives across country or getting their law degree to work for the marginalized, know that they couldn’t do what they’re doing without supporters. The body of the church has many parts. Ask God what part you are. He’s often not quiet about this, he loves justice-seekers.