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“Does God Play Favorites?”
Have you ever wondered if God plays favorites? Does he favor some people more than others. When we look at the life of Jesus we see interesting perspectives that lead us to see that God doesn’t play favorites. He extends his unwavering love to everyone.
Jesus brought changing times and new perspectives into the world. The world would never be the same again. Instead of an eye for an eye, Jesus Christ preached forgiveness. Instead of prejudice, he taught brotherhood. Just think how different the Middle East would be today if the people there would let go of the ancient “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” philosophy and let the Spirit of Christ lead the way. There would be peace there. There would be mutual respect for one another and a striving for honest and equitable consideration for all concerned. The same would be true in America as well.
Jesus gave everyone status in life, from little children that wanted to cozy-up to him to hated tax collectors who worked for the Roman government. A Samaritan woman who had been married five times and was living with a man who was not her husband received the same respect from Jesus Christ that he gave to his good friends Mary, Martha, and their brother Lazarus. To a thief on a cross next to him who wanted to enter eternity with him, he gave forgiveness and assurance that they would be together. Jesus didn’t play favorites. His message to everyone was, “Come to me with your burdened soul. I’ll give you relief from what is eating you away inside.” The apostle Paul picked-up on these messages of Jesus very well. He constantly made it a point to remind Christians that we are to treat one another as God in Christ treats us. If God does play favorites it probably is with children. One day his disciples came to him and asked him who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven…
He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”
No, God doesn’t really play favorites. He loves us all. He wants us to possess the innocence of a child. He wants to give us a new life in Christ. God doesn’t play favorites with persons, personalities, social status, ethnicity, Democrats or Republicans, or human sexual orientation when it comes to salvation and letting them follow him. He wants us all to come to him. He will accept anyone who accepts His son Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The expectation is that when we give our life to him we will follow him. The blessings that flow from following Christ are not favoritism. They are the natural result of discipleship.
The Christian life is to be above what may be permissive by law or acceptable to culture. We are to be a guiding light for Christ and not an accommodating follower of immoral mores accepted by society. We are not to allow ourselves to get caught up in the attitude of political degradation of others that is tearing the human kindness of our nation apart. We are to be the “salt of the earth,” giving it the spice of the Christian life, and not be worthless and insipid. Just because everybody is doing it does not make it right for Christians. Let us be blessed by following the Christ of the Bible and not the false prophets of the world. Let us bring others to him as well. That is our call and challenge from Jesus Christ. Amen.
God bless! Fred
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