An Impartial Gospel

“My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?” (James 2:1-5, ESV)

Sometimes it is possible for Christians to be more concerned with what people can offer the church than what Christ can offer the soul. They will spend their time trying to woo the wealthy or prestigious people in the community and refuse to spread the Gospel to all men.

It is interesting that during Jesus’ teaching it was the poor, down-trodden, and broken that came to him constantly. It was the wealthy and powerful that feared and hated him.

We must always remember that the Gospel is for ALL. Rich or poor, healthy or sick, well-known or unknown. Therefore, we cannot show partiality in the way that we spread the Gospel or in the way that we treat others. The Lord loves each and every soul equally, and so should we.

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