I tend to be partial...to show preferences for some more than others.
Happens in lots of areas of choices...but it can be especially ugly when we allow partiality to appear in our relationships with people. Between race, gender, age, styles, giftings - divorced? impaired? less-privileged? elderly? poor? wealthy? crazily clothed? hairdos? teeth problems? size or heavyness? partiality can appear and cause us to go backwards and miss out on the God adventures.
I was helped on the journey early in this regard
by Stanly Kido and Charlie Greenaway = aisian and black - both wonderful high school friends and fellow scouts
and by Joe Orduna and Wesley Mabin - black athletes with the Nebraska Cornhuskers
and by Andre Crouch and the Disciples - best musicians I have ever been around
and by Barry McGuire - a guy who seemed to have no partiality at all.
God doesn't have partiality.
Came across this statement today: - "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)
Ah, but that means partiality towards those that do not fear him and do not do right? Nope..."he is not willing that any should perish" - God loves the world so much that he sent his son, that whoever...."
So, today the largest church in the world is Chinese. The most powerful evangelists are probably in South America.
The picture in heaven: And they sang a new song, saying.
"Worthy are you...for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth." Rev.5:9
So, may we today love as Jesus does...and may our love break down walls, heal hurts and welcome the peace of Christ among us.
Hug someone "different" today...