The world teaches hate. Turn on the news or any social media and you will be flooded with stories and opinions that drive fear, distrust, and anger. If you are honest with yourself, you know we have all seen prejudice. We are all guilty of prejudice at one time or another, it is almost inevitable. When we see someone, we make a snap judgment. Are they like me or are they different? Based on that judgment we treat them differently.
The Bible has a strong warning against this judgment. “My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,‟ and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,‟ have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?” (James 2:1)
We should see each other as God does. God looks at the heart. He sees us as lost children who have sinned and need salvation (Romans 3:23). As a Christian, we need to understand the true love that God has for us. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34). God expects us to love the way He does. “Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all” (Colossians 3:11). “Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears Him and does what is right’ ” (Acts 10:34-35).
It does not matter to God if we are tall, short, fat, thin, black, white, brown, red, yellow, American, Palestinian, or if our bodies are whole or broken. God wants us all to repent and turn to Him (2 Peter 3:9). We are blessed to have brothers and sisters around the world of every color, culture, and nationality. Do you love them? – Brad Tolbert Monticello church of Christ, Monticello, AR
Scripture of the Week
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 — “Therefore we do not loose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Something to Smile About
When Peter was 16, he finally got his driver’s license. To celebrate the special day, the whole family went out to the driveway and climbed into the car to enjoy his first official drive. However, dad went to the back seat, where he sat right behind his son. When Peter saw his dad, he said, “Dad, you must be fed up of the front seat after teaching me how to drive all these days, right?” “Nope!” came the quick reply from the dad. “I’m going to sit back here and kick the back of your seat while you drive, just like you’ve been doing to me for the last sixteen years!”
Think About It
The Christian’s advantage
There is not a person in the world who can live totally above sin. Paul told us in Romans 3:23 that “All have sinned” and in John 1:8 says, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” Everyone makes mistakes and falls a little short of what he would like to be!
This is why we have Jesus. When we sin and fall down He is there to help. If we could live perfect lives, there would be no need for Christ. In First John 1:7 we find these words: “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanses us from all sin.” This is a promise given only to those who walk in the light or those who are Christians.
Christians as well as non-Christians make mistakes, but the Christian has an advantage because Jesus will forgive him when he repents. The non- Christians have no one to forgive him and will continue to be without a savior until he becomes a child of God!
The unfaithful Christian is also without the benefit of Christ’s blood until he repents, and so the best thing for one to do is get right with God and stay right. You will make mistakes but as long as you are willing to genuinely repent and to really try, you will enjoy the full benefit of the Lord’s blood. – Brock Kendall Nettleton church of Christ Jonesboro, AR