God knows no ‘favorites’!
Scripture reading for June 16th: Romans 2
The charge that God is unjust and has ‘favorites’ has been around for years. Different groups and churches have used this idea to proclaim that they are God’s ‘favorites’ and the only way into God’s favor is to become a part of their group. The Jews of Paul’s day had this idea and Paul addressed it in his letter to the Romans.
The Jews felt that they were God’s ‘favorites’ because of their history. God had chosen Abraham and built a nation of people around this man’s response of faith to obey and follow God. God had redeemed this people from Egyptian bondage and given them His holy Law. The Jews condemned the Gentiles because they broke God’s laws and passed judgment. Paul warned the Jews to be concerned about their own performance and be quick to repent!
“Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same thins, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you to repentance?” (Romans 2:2-4)
God knows the truth about each person and He will judge justly. “For God does not show favoritism.” (Romans 2:11) We as men do not know the truth about others and are often blind to our own faults and sins. God has offered mercy to all men, Jew or Gentile through Jesus Christ. His kindness should lead us to repent–change our minds–about our own sinfulness and allow God to change us. God will judge men’s secrets on the day He chooses through His Son Jesus Christ! (Romans 2:16)