“So Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him’.” – Acts 10:34-35
As a Human Resources Professional, one of my favorite subject matters is Diversity and Inclusion. Over the years, I have had the privilege to develop and teach diversity courses for several companies and organizations. It brings me joy to see leaders and employees gain a deeper understanding of their peers despite their differences – seen and unseen. It’s amazing how self-awareness and understanding can strengthen and empower a team!
I guess that is why I’m disheartened by the direction of our Country today. There is so much division, bigotry, hate, and discrimination against people who are “different”. As I teach in my courses, a lot of times, we are unaware of our own biases. As Christians, we need to examine our own biases and prejudices (yes, we all have them), so that we aren’t blocking our objective to win Souls for Christ.
I strongly believe that if the Church truly models the love of God, we can be the powerful force that changes the direction of our great Nation. God loved us so much that He came to earth as His Son, Jesus Christ, to show us how to love ALL mankind. Here are just a few examples of how Jesus showed love to people who were considered “different”:
Matthew 15:21-28 Jesus recognized the faith of a Canaanite woman (non-Jewish) and rewarded her faith by healing her daughter. Historically, there were conflicts between Canaanites and Jews.
John 4:7-42 As Jesus went through Samaria, He sat down at a well and asked a Samaritan woman for a drink of water. The Samaritan woman said to Him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan Woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” The Bible states that Samaritans and Jews did not associate with each other. This is another example of how Jesus reached out to someone who wasn’t Jewish. His interaction with this woman caused many Samaritan’s to believe that He was truly the Messiah.
Luke 7:1-10 In this Chapter, a Centurian sent friends to Jesus to request that He heal his servant. The Centurian didn’t feel that he was even worthy to have Jesus come into his home but he believed in the power of Jesus. Jesus responded, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” Once again, Jesus demonstrated His love for all and healed the servant.
Luke 17:11-19 Jesus heals the ten lepers. Lepers were the outcast of society. Think about it – who are considered the outcasts in society today? Are they not worthy of the love of Christ just as Jesus showed love to the lepers?
Acts 10 The promise of the Holy Spirit was made available to you and me (those of us who weren’t born Jews and those of us, because of sin, who aren’t even worthy of His Gift but GRACE and MERCY saved us!!!). Yes, Jesus is Lord of All!
So, Brothers and Sisters, let’s show LOVE and REACH OUT to ALL, regardless of their race, color, nationality, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, etc., as we go forth on our mission as Christ’s Ambassadors!
There is no partiality in Jesus Christ – Salvation is a gift for All!