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Kolar: God shows no partiality

"When he walked among us, he walked with anyone who wanted to hear what he had to say. He sat down to eat with the righteous and the sinner alike," writes Janel Kolar.

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Rev. Janel F. Kolar is the Pastor at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Dickinson, N.D. (Contributed photo)
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Acts 10:34-35 Then Peter began to speak to them, "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.”

God shows no partiality. I love that phrase. I love that idea. Too often, we spend our time focusing on who we think God loves most. Is it those faithful people who claim to live in perfection — the ones who insist they are following “what the Bible says?" Is it those who can quote the scriptures with ease and who seem to have all the answers? Is it the theologist, the pastor, the Sunday school teacher? Does God favor America… Israel… or some other country? Or is it, as Peter said, “God shows no partiality.”

I know Jesus shows no partiality. When he walked among us, he walked with anyone who wanted to hear what he had to say. He sat down to eat with the righteous and the sinner alike. He healed the child of the Roman Centurion and a daughter of Jerusalem. He didn’t look more favorably on the religious people than those who were pagans. And if all people from all nations and walks were okay with Jesus, I guess they should probably be okay with me.

We forget — we are to be imitators of Christ — to do what he did and what he said. If he shows no partiality, then how have we strayed so far as to believe we can? How can human beings believe that their way is the only or best way, and that God only loves us?

God does not show partiality but loves all who fear him. God does not show partiality but loves all who do what is right and acceptable to him. As Easter people, may we strive to love the way God loves – without being partial, but instead by loving sinner and saint alike, because we are all a little of both, and should be grateful God shows no partiality.

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