Tuesday, May 21, 2013

What Does The Bible Say About Double Standards.

We want to get the most out of a bargain or we want to maximize our profit on a deal. We might think that we can change our behaviors for one situation and back for another. What does God feel about double standards?

The Bible says: "Differing weights and differing measures- the Lord detest them both." Proverbs 20:10, NIV 

An ancient merchant might have two sets of weights one would be the accepted standard the other would be heavier or lighter so that he could weigh out the grain or whatever and take advantage of an unsuspecting customer. He might have a second set of baskets or barrels with a false shallower bottom to take advantage of the unsuspecting.

Some communities had a standard weight and measures for business with the locals and a second set to use on the foreigner.

These second weights were used to take an unfair advantage of someone either through deceit or double standard.

Today a double standard might be to have a price for friends and another for strangers, or a kickback to get a bid.

God's stand on this is clear- He "detest" them. Detest is a strong word, it suggests a strong negative reaction, that is not the response you want to have from the Almighty. Neither you nor I can expect Heaven to look with favor to the use of any double standard.

We might feel that a shifting standard may lose opportunity and profit, but a double standard loses God's favor which is the greater loss. Those who name the Lord as their God and Savor must have the highest standard of honesty and fairness in all their doings. They reject double standards in favor of a higher standard that of pleasing God.

You might say that I can gain more profit by changing the rules when it suits the situation or you can say I will do business fairly before God and let God bring the profit- which is the greater profit.

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