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God shows no partiality

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Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” Acts 10:34-35

On that fateful day in 1963 when the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about his dream, he couched it in biblical language, knowing that God shows no partiality. As the Author of all human life, how could He?

“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together,” King said on that day, confident in the Lord’s return and certain that every person would see it.

Racial tensions weren’t much different in King’s day than they were in Peter’s. When the first disciples walked the earth, Jews believed God would never bring Gentiles into the fold. Peter himself believed this until the Lord sent him a vision (Acts 10:9-15) and it changed his perspective. Immediately, the Lord sent Peter to preach the Gospel to Cornelius the centurion and his household. While doing so, the Holy Spirit fell on the Gentiles (Acts 10:34-46).

The scriptures call us to share the Gospel with people who are different from us. How quick are you to do so?