Are You A Respecter Of Persons?
By Gary L. Grizzell
"But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man’s person:)" (Gal. 2:6a).
No matter how high and mighty some in the world (and even in the church) think of themselves, this passage is to rule our thinking toward them. "For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith" (Rom. 12:3).
Some are so shocked when we do not jump when they speak. This type are amazed when one refuses to divorce himself from his own thinking in order to immediately go along with them and their agendas. "Politics" (buddyhood, in the sense of showing respecter of persons) should not exist in the Lord's church. God is no respecter of persons and neither should we be. Yes, it is much easier to write about it than practice it. Well, of course we all know this. God's word shows us the way. For example, Paul is a great example of being a God-pleaser and not a man-pleaser. "For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ" (Gal. 1:10). "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death" (Rev. 21:8).