May 25, 2018 Matthew

What Does God Say About Equity?

For the the last couple of years images illustrating an idea called “equity” have been circulating throughout the internet. These graphical illustrations, and the idea therein, have their roots in the modern, liberal university system. This ideology is now sweeping the nation with fierce rapidity. I have found women to be particularly charmed and even captivated by this and men, not so much. The idea does not cater one bit to the idea of a man and woman working together as is obvious from the graphic below.

When you consider that the chair in the graphic above is symbolic of political, social, educational, and financial power it is clear that there is nothing fair about this. Under a political and social ideology that gives women a different measure than the men in all spheres of life rather than teaching men and women to work together, the men lose. And when men lose, the women lose too.

Hear, O women, the word of the LORD, and let your ear receive the word of his mouth; teach to your daughters a lament, and each to her neighbor a dirge. For death has come up into our windows; it has entered our palaces, cutting off the children from the streets and the young men from the squares. Speak: “Thus declares the LORD, ‘The dead bodies of men shall fall like dung upon the open field, like sheaves after the reaper, and none shall gather them.’” (Jeremiah 9:20-22)

That’s why this ideology is so divisive and rotten to the core. This ideology is also extended to all sorts of identity groups that are categorized as “marginalized” in the realm of wealth, political power, social influence, or educational opportunity.
The subtly and craftiness of identity politics is incredible and that’s why it deceives so many. There are few, and I mean few, ideas that are more divisive, discordant, and even deadly, than this. The vast, vast majority–as in 99%–of people, including men, that have ever walked this planet have had little to no power or wealth. At the height of slavery in America in 1860 only 8% of those living here owned slaves and that percentage includes Indians and Blacks who together owned tens of thousands of slaves  themselves. Several Native American Indians were very wealthy and owned hundreds of slaves each. All data is calculated directly from the 1860 U.S. Census. Obviously, no one accuses Native Americans of being slave owners because the vast majority of Native Americans were not. How does it make sense to identify and so accuse the 92% of Americans who owned no slaves as though they did? It doesn’t. It is unjust. Equally, how does it makes sense to identify 98% percent of the male race who have had very little to no power or wealth over the last five thousand years with the 2% who have?

God is passionate about justice, equity, and righteousness. “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne” (Psalm 89:14) “At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity” (Psalm 75:2). “The King in his might loves justice. You have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob” (Psalm 99:4).

It is God himself who determines the times, the borders, the periods, and the prosperity of a man, a tribe, nation, or people group (Acts 17:26, 1 Samuel 2:7-8, Daniel 2:21). The more women decry males as being invisibly and unfairly privileged and call for inequitable equity programs the more they are lumping coals onto their head.

“You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah [dry measurement], a just hin [liquid measurement]” (Leviticus 19:36)

“Unequal weights are an abomination to the LORD, and false scales are not good” (Proverbs 20:23).

“You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a large and a small. (Deuteronomy 25:13)

A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight. (Proverbs 11:1)

Differing weights and differing measures, Both of them are abominable to the LORD. (Proverbs 20:10)

Pay attention to these scriptures. Equity and balanced scales are a serious thing to God. If we were to cast a blanket judgement on the Native Americans as being slave owners because a few tribes and individuals owned them, we would be speaking a false balance. If we speak of all men as being patriarchal or playing a part in bad patriarchy we are speaking a false measurement. If we seek to change the weights and measures of society to give advantage to women (or any group) in all spheres of life in an effort to “level the playing field” we are committing something that is abominable to the LORD. This should be a plain one to Christians, but sadly this abomination has actually reached the very pulpits that once used to declare God’s impartiality in his justice wrath, and judgement. Today the pulpits pander to itching ears and aim to give people good feels all the while leading them into a disastrous pit. It is well said of us today by God through Jeremiah,

“For my people are foolish; they know me not; they are stupid children; they have no understanding. They are ‘wise’—in doing evil! But how to do good they know not.”
 (Jeremiah 4:22)

God explains to us very clearly that judgment must be even. God’s idea of equity is even, impartial judgement. The great and the small are judged by the same standard. This is foundational to the biblical lesson of giving to the poor, helping the oppressed, defending the cause of the widow and the fatherless. Jesus said, “For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them.” (Mark 14:7) There’s equality, equity, and then God’s idea of harmony:

The accusations against “the patriarchy”, male privilege, and race privilege is based on a subtle but very powerful lie. There are some Islamic societies where women are still forced to marry against their will. This is a power granted to the men, obviously, by their belief system and it is a tyrannical, unjust patriarchy. But the vast majority of the population of the earth has had little to no power or wealth and it never will. The vast majority of the earth since the beginning has been equally subjected to the tyranny of nature, evil, and death and thus equally subjected to the same struggle against nature, evil, and death. Those who have figured out how to conquer those things naturally do better. It is Satan who pits people against people, men and women against each other, one nation against another, one race against another, distracting them away from the greater struggle against death, sin, and carnality. We fall right into his trap every time we get wrapped up and involved in one of these sex wars, race wars, gender wars, or nation wars.
Every time.

You shall not be partial in judgment. You shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not be intimidated by anyone, for the judgment is God’s. And the case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.’  (Deuteronomy 1:17)

nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his lawsuit.  (Exodus 23:3)

You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly.  (Leviticus 19:15)

For the LORD your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe.  (Deuteronomy 10:17)

So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. (Acts 10:34-35)

My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. (James 2:1)

But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. (James 2:9)

May God grant us repentance!

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