I’ve been reading through the book of Proverbs this week and have been amazed at the number of references to double standards. We’re going to land on one Proverb, in particular, today. Chapter 20 verse 10 is very precise in its wording yet there is a deeper meaning to it. It appears to be talking about weights and measures in the world of commerce but there is also a deeper meaning that applies to everyday life. (I used the New Living Translation for this picture.)
- Commandment 8 tells us we are not to bear false witness. That’s dishonest and God has no use for it and reminds us of His desire for us to stop lying throughout the Bible. (Leviticus 19.11, Proverbs 12:22, Colossians 3:9, Revelation 22:15 and so many more…)
- We are not to say one thing and mean another.
- When we consider another person higher or lower than ourselves because of what they have or don’t have we are using a standard that is totally against God’s standard of simply loving one another.
- God does not want us to cheat in any way. God knows our hearts and minds. We’re so full of double standards. How about this one, do as I say, not as I do. Or, you can listen but do not comment. Or, That’s so easy, but you can’t do it yourself.
- What did Jesus say about the issue? Check out Matthew 7:3-5.
In the culture we live in double and multiple standards exist everywhere. My prayer is we will all be able to see the planks in our own eyes before we comment on the specks in someone else’s.
Blessings to you and yours!