God Doesn’t Play Favorites

“I am learning that God shows no partiality to one group of people over another.”  “Now, I understand that God doesn’t play favorites.”  “It’s God’s own truth and nothing could be plainer: God plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from…the door is open.”

I’ve just quoted three different translations of the same scripture found in Acts 10:34.  In this chapter, the apostle Peter was preaching to a group of Gentiles, or as we might call them today, “Outsiders,” in the house of Cornelius, a Centurion of the Italian Company, and Peter was a Jew!  The Jewish law said that Peter couldn’t be found visiting or associating with outsiders, but the story in Acts 10 tells us that the Holy Spirit told Peter to go and preach that the life of Jesus was for them, too!

I suppose each culture has people groups that are considered to be unclean; outsiders; poor; stupid; lazy; bad stock; degenerate; and the list could go on. Those are the people that your parents forbade you to associate with, or that to this day you don’t want to be seen with.  Regardless of which group in your society you find yourself a part of, you can be sure of this one thing: God shows no partiality to one group of people over another.