No Discrimination

Have you ever been discriminated against?  Maybe you are too old or too young or too rich or too poor or too tall or too short or you skin is too dark or too light or you were born into the wrong ethnic group or in the wrong country.  We all have probably been discriminated against for some reason or other.  It doesn’t feel good to be excluded or treated poorly.  But we have a God who doesn’t discriminate.  The apostle Peter once had a vision in which he saw a great sheet let down from heaven with all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air.  “And a voice came to him, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’  But Peter said, ‘Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.’  And a voice spoke to him again the second time, ‘What God has cleansed you must not call common.’”  This vision was shown to him three times.  Then men from Cornelius, the gentile, came looking for Peter and he went with them.  Peter said to Cornelius and his household, “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.  But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him (Acts 10).”  This is reinforced in Romans 2:6-11 “God ‘will render to each one according to his deeds’:   eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;  but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness — indignation and wrath,  tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek;  but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  For there is no partiality with God.”  All that is important to God is our heart and our obedience in righteousness.  I don’t want to imply we are saved by own righteousness, because we are not.  Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”  James tells us in James 2:1,8,9 “My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.  If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.”  I have brothers and sisters all over the world.  They are old and young, rich and poor, tall and short, light and dark, and from many ethnic groups.  What draws us so closely together in our spiritual family is our love for each other, our common love for our God, and our desire to work his righteousness.  Let us be like our God and show no partiality.

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