God Does Not Play Favorites
I know there are people who look down on others because they have less of this worlds goods than some other people, but this only shows their ignorance of how God’s kingdom works. And believe it or not, this nonsense even takes place in the Church where people are supposed to know better. What fools we are? James, the half-brother of Jesus told us in his letter to the church, “My brothers, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges of evil thoughts?” God loves the poor man just as much as He does the rich man and vice versa. He loves the sinner just as much as the saint. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, gave His life for the life of the world. He didn’t die for a hunk of rock floating around in space. He died for mankind. Therefore God does not play favorites, nor is He a respecter of persons.
The Apostle Peter witnessed to the Sanhedrin in Acts 10:34, “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” And the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 2:11, “For there is no partiality with God.” And in Deuteronomy 10:17 Moses writes, “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe. He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” When we do anything other than treat all people the same, we are showing partiality or preference for one person over another and have made ourselves judges, and that is a sin.
Did you notice none of these writers mentioned skin color, religious beliefs, or nationality. We do not have a choice where we are born or to whom we are born, but we do have a choice in how we treat other people. God alone is God and we are His subjects. When we treat other people differently than we have been instructed, James said, “We have become judges of evil thoughts.” All men, regardless of color, religious beliefs, or nationality are made in the image of God, and God is the one who decides how we are to treat one another and who is worthy of eternal life. Our job is to love them as we love ourself, and that includes our enemies. God loved the people who crucified Him just as much as He loved Peter, or John, or any of the other disciples. He died for us all, He didn’t just die for a select few; and the sooner we realize we are nothing special, even if we own the whole world, the better off we will be. We are not God, and we will never be God. We are who we are and have a strict set of guidelines to live by. If we go beyond what we have been instructed to do; we are trying to replace God with ourselves. God will not let that happen, and we will be judged accordingly because it proceeds from evil thoughts.
Lucifer thought he was something special because of his position in heaven and he deserved more than what he was allotted; it got him kicked out of heaven, and if we follow his lead it will get us cast into hell. Everything in creation has its place and purpose, and when it tries to become something it isn’t, God deals with it. Let us as Christians not be guilty of showing partiality, but rather loving and kind to our fellow-man, regardless of his position in life. If we honor our fellow-man, God will honor us at the appropriate time. Isn’t that what we all want? DThrash
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