I have a problem with the way judges come up with their decisions today. Mind you my experience is very limited and has been skewed by my being an expert witness in court only a few times in child custody cases. As a result of those decisions I determined I would never go into a courtroom as an expert witness again. Let me give you one example.
A 12-year-old child was being physically abused by the father and step mom. He would come home to his mother with black and blue bruises that were documented by a physician to take to court. The father was driving a new Mercedes and was a building contractor, but only reported $6000 of income each year. The child didn’t want to go back to the abusive father and wanted to stay permanently with the mother and her husband. The ruling by the judge was that full custody was given to the father and the mother had to pay child support to him. You tell me the justice in that.
I tell you this example because I came across a passage that I would love to have every judge in the country read. Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, talked to all the judges he hired and told them the following. “He appointed judges in the land, in each of the fortified cities of Judah. He told them, “Consider carefully what you do, because you are not judging for mere mortals but for the LORD, who is with you whenever you give a verdict. Now let the fear of the LORD be on you. Judge carefully, for with the LORD our God there is no injustice or partiality or bribery.” II Chronicles 19:5-7 NIV
Wouldn’t it be nice if all judges were told this truth and had the fear of God put in them! Did you get the phrase, “With the LORD our God, there is no injustice or partiality or bribery.” Wouldn’t it be nice if we could depend upon the court system to hand out judgments that way. You can be assured that in the end, crooked judges will have consequences for the way they have judged. For that matter, so will we.
We can be assured that on this journey, the God of the universe will make all things right, even if we have experienced judgments that are partial and filled with bribery. Gods’ judgments will ultimately prevail.