False weights and unequal measures—
the Lord detests double standards of every kind. (NLT)
We can be very selective in our ethical standards. Some who protest about social injustice, racism, political corruption, can disregard more personal moral issues such as sexual promiscuity and care for the unborn. Others who get hot under the collar about such personal morality might shrug their shoulders at obscene business profits and the nuclear arms race.
Our God isn’t selective like that. He is opposed to those who foster inequality as a means of getting elected by the aspirational middle class. He is opposed to those who sleep around and cheat on their marriage partners even as they campaign against political injustice.
Our God does not turn a blind eye to some unethical conduct while pouncing on other misconduct. We all have our “pet sinners”, our dark adversaries. We invite God’s judgement on them while at the same time assuming he will spare us and our own not nearly as evil misconduct.
Our God is against injustice and immorality wherever he finds it. The business owner who cuts corners to maximise profits. The vocal protester who is happy to distribute drugs to others in their cause. The politician who does favours for those who favour him or her. The Christian leaders who speak loud and clear on family values while neglecting their own families as they continue their hypocritical crusade.
Beware of merely focusing on others’ lack of morality. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn once wrote that the battle line between good and evil runs through the heart of every man. God is concerned for our own moral standards not just those of whom we disapprove.