“‘Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation, anyone who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him.'” (Acts 10:34-35)
These words, spoken by Peter, carry a heavy responsibility for us as Christians. There is no room in the heart of someone who claims Christ for prejudice, racism, or anything of its type. We have all heard sermons or classes taught from this chapter and have nodded our heads when these words are read because we are relieved to know that God is not going to judge us any differently than anyone else.
However, in those same moments, we have oftentimes been guilty of passing judgment on someone simply because of their gender, race, nationality, or socioeconomic status. Do we not realize that in allowing those thoughts into our hearts, we are challenging the very words of our Lord?
“‘Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.’” (Matthew 7:1-2, emp. added)