And the word of the Lord came again to Zechariah: “This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’ and to walk humbly with your God.
- Zechariah 7:8-10
“I pray for you compassion, for we cannot help others until we understand them, and we cannot understand them until we walk in their shoes.”
- Brian Morgan, The Legend of the Christmas Prayer
Do you really have to walk in their shoes?
Let’s take our politicians, any party will do, especially the ones that say that they are for the common man, as if they had a vague idea who the common man might be. Where do they live? They are rich people and most live in gaited communities with armed guards to protect them, although many are for gun control – control of everyone else’s gun, not theirs. They preach better healthcare, but they have their own healthcare system that is only for them. What ever is given to anyone else is leftovers. They preach global warming, but I doubt many have electric cars, use only solar or wind power for their electricity, or refrain from a nice steak dinner now and then.
These politicians want us to believe that they are our servants. Jesus washed the feet of His disciples. Would a politician do that? Am I crazy to even ask the last question? The point is that the person “being served” cannot get near the politician due to the bodyguards, unless in a highly controlled, sanitized environment. And once we, who elect these politicians, are sanitized, the politician will sit above us so that we might kiss their feet. Never would they bow down to do as their campaign suggested, for them to serve us.
The same can be said of industry. I have been in some organizations where the supervisor “supervises” and nevermore will they lift a finger to do any work, to serve those who did not get the promotion. In many cases, they got the promotion by taking credit due to the others, the ones who were less fortunate.
But am I perfect? No. I have heard it preached many times that when we get to Heaven, we will plead for mercy, not justice. But Zechariah pleads for us to administer true justice and show mercy. Was the preacher wrong? Maybe a little, for in true justice there is an element of mercy. When we get to Heaven, we can plead for true justice, for God has washed away our sins, making our garments as white as snow. God has separated us from our sins, as far as the East is from the West. True justice and mercy can coexist because God is Holy, and we will live by His rules. Mercy will have taken care of the past, and at that present, when we stand before the judgment seat, true justice will be administered.
So, when we have been forgiven, we must show compassion on those around us, especially to those less fortunate: the widow, the orphan, and the foreigner.
Hey, my wife is a naturalized citizen. She is an immigrant. Next time you see her, show her some love. Oh, you don’t live near where she lives? Have you ever talked to your neighbors, gotten to really know them? You might have a widow or an orphan or a foreigner living next door or within the block. One act of kindness might spark a flame in someone’s heart. They might need a little warmth during this winter season.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.