From the Pastor

From the Pastor

 “… I truly believe that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears [God] and does what is right is acceptable…” These are the words of Peter, offered after he realized that his people were not the only people valued by God.

Peter had been reluctant to associate with people he called unclean. He had refused to associate with people whose religion and nationality were different. He called such people unclean. God called Peter to a new vision with the words, “Don’t call anything that I have created unclean.” Peter’s story of new understanding is related three times in Acts. The repetition is intentional. The author wants readers to understand: God shows no partiality. What we might find objectionable, God does not. Don’t call anyone created by God unclean.

People who say that people from other countries are unacceptable are being partial. God shows no partiality. People who claim that non-Christians are unacceptable are being partial. God shows no partiality. People who deport the mother of two US born children to make an example of her are being partial. God shows no partiality. People who have health care but deny it to others are being partial. God shows no partiality.  People who discriminate based on race are being partial. God shows no partiality.

Anyone who says, “America first” is being partial. God shows no partiality. Favoring one nation over others is partiality. Favoring one race over others is partiality. Favoring the wealthy over the poor is partiality.  “… I truly believe that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears [God] and does what is right is acceptable…” Jesus said that the first shall be last. Those who have ears, let them hear.