I define impartiality as being fair with those and with whom we disagree. I had teachers that graded me on their opinion and not on my work. I was also blessed with teachers that disagreed with me and still gave me their highest rating. It is tragic when leaders, teachers or ministers assume the roll of being the final authority on the subject. The discoveries and invention that have been made thus far are but a drop in a bucket. A wise man once said, “Eye has not seen nor ear heard what God has prepared for those that love (trust) him” (I Corinthians 2:9). Man will never reach the end of knowledge because every generation thinks it has found the truth.
We celebrated our fiftieth wedding anniversary on May 29th and our pastor praised us for being impartial. We have no reason or business being other wise. He is a master in sermonizing. Every one of his talks is laid out and substantiated very well and so is his delivery. As an impartial teacher, I have to give him A’s. My opinions have no bearing on his grades. Rather we rejoice in his performance and regard him as being specially blessed of God. In Christ’s mission, our jobs are to complement and not to contradict.
Impartiality was also the key in our fifty years of marriage. Of course we believe that God had influenced us. However, without being impartial in our acceptance of each other, it is unthinkable that we would have lasted that long. We did not let contradictions or disagreements divide us but rather unite us. We used them to complement and compensate each other’s weaknesses and thereby enhanced and enlarged our basis for needing each other. It is a blessing to be married to a lady that has added to my life and I hope to hers. We are a rare blend of unity.
Just think what our world would be like if we practiced more impartiality? We would have fewer divorces, more tolerance of each other and more harmony among nations and religions. Oh yes, our politicians would be a sight to behold. They would put their selfish desires and goals aside and help the rest of us succeed in this world. Our nation would experience her second honeymoon. Why not? My wife and I are on our second fifty years honeymooning. If we could do it, why can’t the rest of you? By the way, it is God’s command that we try (Hebrews 13:4). Also, it is not our job to weed out what we do not like in others. Whenever we do, we hurt ourselves (Matthew 13:24-30).