Truth For Today

NO FAVORITISM ALLOWED

For there is no partiality with God.

[ROMANS 2:11]

It is a sin for a Christian to show favoritism to people. That is, he should not be prejudiced for or against another person simply based on position, wealth, influence, popularity, or appearance. The clearest, most practical New Testament teaching on impartiality is in James’ letter to believers:

My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes . . . have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? . . . but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors (2:1–4, 9).

If God never plays favorites, shouldn’t you strive for the same virtuous character, “doing nothing with partiality” (1 Tim. 5:21)?

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