Bee, while "before" is often used for time, it can also be used for location - and in religious usage often is:
"stand before God's throne"
"swear before God" (cf. Gen 21:23)
"walk before God"
"no other gods before me" (Ex. 20:3)
Some examples of the spatial use of "before":Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.
if I know that before God all men and women are equal
, shouldn’t I as a Christian strive for freedom and equality for all men and women?
Even a man as great as Abraham could not come before God
without faith.Before God all men are equal
concerning the state of their fallen nature.http://www.pastorspen.org/RomansCh4.pdf
The imagery is either judicial or royal: being before (i.e., in front of) a judge or king