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My Favorite Prejudice

We judge by what we see. So does God. But only God sees the heart.

Introduction

As we continue in our study in James, we have looked at our own trials, tests and the troubles God wants to help bring us through. We’ll see today how he tells us we have to help others too. He really wants us to think about how we treat people, and particularly how a person’s social or economic status might affect us.

Before we delve deeper into that I want us to see that however we might make judgements (and we all do) the Bible says it makes no difference to God today whether you’re young or old, highly educated or not, famous or unknown. He wants you to know him and come to know his love, so you can share that with the whole world.

God doesn’t love you more or less according to the colour of your skin, or the clothes on your body. He doesn’t judge like that. He’s not impressed by the car you drive, the fashion you wear, or if you have more degrees than a thermometer.

2 Chronicles 19:7 tells us, “With the LORD our God there is no injustice or partiality.” That word partiality means favouritism, treating people differently in an unfair way. Of course people are different, that’s part of the genius of God’s creativity that nobody’s the same. The Lord deals with us all as individuals, like a good parent loves each child just the same, but doesn’t treat them all the same because you know their differences.

Deuteronomy 10:17 says, “The LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality.”

The old KJV translates this as “GOD is no respecter of persons.” Of course that doesn’t mean he doesn’t respect us. He will give us the right and privilege to refuse or choose ...

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Anthony Delaney is a Leader at Ivy Church in Manchester. He is also the leader for New Thing and the LAUNCH conference. He is an author and hosts the television show “Transforming Life.”

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