One of my favorite attributes of God is His all-encompassing love. It doesn’t just span across races and nationalities, but across sexes and ages, political parties and social status, denominational affiliations and emotional differences. God doesn’t discriminate based on anything exterior. His offer of salvation is open to all. Today I challenge you to look into your heart and search out what prejudices you have acquired over your years on this earth, because rest assured you have, and ask God to help you love like He loves. Not the “tolerant” love that preaches the “I’m okay, you’re okay” philosophy, but the love that calls people to come to Christ because He is the one we were made for.
The crowd listened until Paul said [the word “Gentile”]. Then they all began to shout, “Away with such a fellow! He isn’t fit to live!”Acts 22:22 (NLT)
It’s amazing how one racially charged word can incite an entire crowd to violence.
In America we are constantly reminded of the historic racial tensions between whites and blacks that have framed our history and our existence for hundreds of years. As a young person I naively thought that Americans were the only people in the world who had such a struggle. Along the journey I’ve discovered that racism and prejudice run deep and wide in the human experience.
In today’s chapter the Jewish people in Jerusalem showed their prejudice against non-Jews. Of course, the Jewish people know what it means to be shunned and oppressed. Anti-semitism existed then and still exists to this day. When I visited Jerusalem several years ago…
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