Hello! It’s Tuesday again! Thank y’all for being patient and waiting another week to read another post. 🙂 You know, one of my favorite hymns is “Just As I Am”. The first few lyrics are “Just as I am, without one plea, But that Thy blood was shed for me,”. Those lyrics say for us all to come to the feet of Jesus just as we are, because He died for EVERYONE. No matter if you’re black, white, tall, short, girl, boy, it DOES NOT MATTER. We often have trouble accepting people who are different from us. You may not consider yourself racist, sexist, or anything like that, but when we think about someone negatively when they walk into the HOUSE of GOD we should probably take our thoughts into consideration.
If you go to a predominantly white church and a black family walks in and you think they don’t belong there, then that’s wrong. Because someone’s skin color is different than yours it doesn’t make them any less deserving of God’s grace. No, most of you wouldn’t directly go up to someone and tell them to leave “your church” because their skin color is different from yours, but some people do think mean things, shoot harsh looks, or gossip about these people. All of this can happen vice-versa as well.
Something else that bothers me is when people judge others that come into church dressed in jeans and a t-shirt. Yes, I believe that you should dress your best when entering the house of God, but what if that is someone’s best? If your church dresses down on Sunday’s that’s perfectly fine. There’s absolutely NOTHING wrong with that. I used to go to a church called Lifeline and we met in a movie theater and wore jeans and a t-shirt to church. My family chose to still dress nice, but that’s just what we believe. There’s nothing wrong with what they/you think about dressing for church and there isn’t anything wrong with what my family thinks about dressing for church. You can’t judge someone’s best. Unless you’ve been inside of their closet you don’t know their best. Also, if they choose to dress down a Sunday is it really that big of a deal? No, it’s not. They’re coming to church to hear God’s word. Not to win “The Fanciest Suit and Tie” award.
James 2: 1-7 “My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Are the rich not the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?”
This passage is saying that we should not “show partiality” to the people dressed in a suit and tie, or a nice dress, versus the people who are dressed in jeans and a t-shirt. Showing partiality means showing favoritism. Romans 2:11 says, “God shows no favoritism.” If we’re supposed to strive to be just like God, then why would we show partiality to someone based on something as simple as what they wear to church? You may not think you show favoritism to someone wearing something different than you or if they have a different color of skin, but during the fellowship time at your church do you speak to them? They want to feel welcome. They probably already feel awkward coming into church because they’re black and the rest of the church is white, or because everyone is wearing a suit and tie and they’re wearing something less “fancy”. So, why would we make them feel like they fit in even less by not even speaking to them? That can also be seen as partiality or favoritism.
All these people want is to come worship their Lord, but we as the church make it SO difficult to be accepting. All it takes to accept someone new into your church is saying hello, complimenting them, offering to show them around. It isn’t hard. Especially us folks here in the south, we need to show our “southern hospitality”. Everyone deserves God’s grace and to worship him no matter what they’re dressed like, no matter their skin color, it doesn’t matter. We’re all human beings. If you get $40,000 a year, but a fellow church member only gets $15,000 a year, and they can barely sustain their family, does that make them any less deserving of an eternity in heaven? Of course not! That’s how silly it is to think that someone with a different skin color or a different version of “best” is less deserving of that eternity.
We don’t know people’s backgrounds, or their “best” so we need to accept anyone who walks into those doors of the sanctuary. We need to love unconditionally. That’s all. If we love everyone, we won’t have the problem of judging, discriminating, being partial, whatever you want to call it.
Thank you once again for reading what I have to say! It means the world to me! I love you all and God bless!