Last night, my oldest son got his first real taste of “homer umpires” in his baseball game in a nearby town. I’m sure that if you have been in the baseball scene for a fair amount of time, you have gotten a taste as well. It is never a good thing when you see the umpires favoring one side over the other. The children that are learning and enjoying the game are the main ones who get hurt.
As I was thinking this over and it took me down another rail of the thought train. It is one thing to experience dishonest scales on the ballfields, but it is a whole other thing to experience it in other parts of life. One area that should never have dishonest scales is the church.
The church is to be a place where honesty and truth are at the forefront. Proverbs 11:1 tells us that “dishonest scales are detestable to the LORD, but an accurate weight is his delight” (CSB).
In the church, there are many different things that are dealt with. One of the greatest ministries of the church is dealing with people and their issues. Because of this, it is important that the church have honest scales when dealing with issues of people of all kinds. It is easy and tempting to use one set of scales for those who are “outside” the walls and another set for those that are “inside.” Sometimes there are different scales that are used even between different groups inside the church. This should not be.
The church of Jesus Christ has been a champion of absolute truth. There is a truth that is relevant and applicable to all people in all places at all times. This truth is what is given to us in the Bible. While one cannot expect unbelievers to act like believers in this life, yet there are still some truths that apply to each across the board.
It may be easier to just let certain things go with some people because “that’s just the way they are” or because “they have been a part of this for so long” or “they hold this position/weight in the church/community.” This is no reason to use dishonest scales. When we do give in to that temptation, the cause of Christ is harmed, and the people suffer greatly.
May we be careful to have honest scales in our dealings. If Christ uses honest scales with each of us no matter what we come to Him with, then we – as followers of Christ – should also use honest scales. It may not be easier… it may not be what people necessarily want, but it is most definitely what we need.