QUESTION: If you had a family member or close friend who got robbed, swindled, raped, or molested and the perpetrator got caught but they were a very important person, would that change your opinion of the offender's guilt? Would you prefer forgiving the offender, restoring them and getting them some help over defending & helping their victim? What if it was your child, mother, sister, father, brother, spouse or other relation they robbed, swindled, raped, or molested? How important does the victim have to be in your eyes in order to get equal or greater consideration than their high profile assailant or V.I.P offender? It doesn't require knowing God or being religious to do what is right, but doing what is right in the face of wrong is always of God. Wrong is wrong and right is right no matter who is doing it, but there is never a wrong time to do the right thing.
PSALM 82:2-4 (KJV); "How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. 3) Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. 4) Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked." #DEFEND #ETHICS
If you side with the offender then you are in essence denying any evidence of their guilt and advocating against the victim. If you acknowledge the offense but excuse the offender then you are siding with them and denying the victim's right to justice. How can anyone who claims to be a moral or spiritually righteous person do so in the interest of justice by denying justice in favor of being a respecter of persons in direct contradiction to what is right and the character of The Most High? The absence of justice is often indicated by the presence and rule of injustice under the false guise of love, grace, mercy, and favor. Granting someone forgiveness doesn't eliminate the consequences of righteous retribution or forfeit the victim's right for restoration. You can't pray away wrong, sing down injustice, dance out of sin, or preach away the unrighteousness you refuse to acknowledge and confront.
PROVERBS 21:2-3 (ESV); "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart. 3) To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice." #JUSTICE #RIGHTEOUSNESS
These could be considered trap questions for the religious or revolutionary who make excuses for guilty preachers & revolutionaries they value more than their victims. This very unethical, ungodly, and hypocritical behavior goes on in religious, social, or ethnically conscious groups everywhere, and I along with others get criticized and turned on for taking up the cause of the victim by these same religious & conscious folks. Why should I be silent for what is right on behalf of those done wrong? I can't, and nor can you or we will eventually be judged more harshly for being quiet while others suffer in silence because nobody will listen but will continually excuse and justify their abusers because of their position as persons of importance. I'm not violent, but I will fight in whatever way I can to defend those who can't fight for themselves as led by the LORD against whomever for what is right. ~ I.J. West
2nd SAMUEL 12:1-7 (ESV); "And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. 2) The rich man had very many flocks and herds, 3) but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him.
4) Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” 5) Then David's anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, 6) and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.” 7) Nathan said to David, “You are the man!...." #CONFRONTATION #HYPOCRISY #INJUSTICE #JUDGMENT