“The Lord your God ... does not show partiality nor take a bribe. He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing. So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 10:17-19 NASB
In ways many citizens may not grasp, the political world is influenced by lobbyists. In 2016, there were nearly 10,000 registered lobbyists at the state and federal levels in the U.S., and more than $3 billion is spent each year on lobbying.
Employed by major companies, associations, and other groups, these men and women try to shape government actions. Often acting behind the scenes, they explain the positions and actions of their employers. They “wine and dine,” seeking to build positive relationships.
Good lobbyists become masters at fostering influence, often in subtle ways. But some cross the line, and take actions that are questionable, or even illegal. Gifts are given. Trips are paid for. On some occasions, actual bribes have been paid, often in secret.
The Bible demonstrates that God has different standards. Moses established this truth: That He was “the God of gods and the Lord of lords.” He was great, mighty, and awesome. He sets eternal standards that always are true. He gives us principles by which we are to live.
God is completely fair and consistent. He “does not show partiality.” He cannot be influenced to do something wrong. He does not take bribes and cannot be corrupted.
At the same time, He is motivated by compassion and mercy, particularly for the poor, needy, and those who have not been treated fairly.
God established these standards because this is the way He wants us to live. We are to be people of mercy and compassion, but also committed to the Truth. On guard against compromise and manipulation.
These are important principles to remember in every business dealing, in our personal lives and finances, and in every relationship.
PrayerFather, help me to stand for Truth and resist the temptation to manipulate or compromise. Give me Your love for others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Extended ReadingDeuteronomy 10