<<prejudice, bias>>

It is making a distinction and usually means an unfair judgment or treatment of anyone who is not favoured or meets with our approval based only on external factors or personal preference. While we naturally identify and get along better with some folk than

Show love to all, not discrimination

others, we should treat all people with respect and dignity regardless of ethnic, religious, social or physical differences for it is sin to favour the rich and treat them better than poor people (Jas 2:1-9). Human bias divides and is not motivated by love and mercy as God is. He is always just and fair; all humanity is equal in His sight, be they slaves or masters, and He wants everyone to be saved, for without choosing salvation all are doomed to hell (Deut 32:4; Gal 3:28; 1 Tim 2:3,4; 2 Pet 3:9). His grace and sovereignty is shown to all, with the gift of salvation offered to everyone yet it is only “Whoever has the Son has life” (Jn 1:12; Rev 22:17).  

It was said of Jesus, “You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are” (Mt 22:16). Do we vary our response depending on who it is? The Bible is clear, “Love one another…Treat others as you would like to be treated" (Lk 6:31; Jn 13:34). Genuine love breaks down barriers and regards everyone alike. Jesus, although knowing Judas was a traitor and would betray Him, treated Judas the same as the other disciples, with an attitude of humble service as He washed their feet (Jn 13:4-27). God does not show favouritism but welcomes people from every nation who respect Him and do what is right and turn to Him for salvation (Act 10:34,35). The outcome is in heaven there will be believers "from every tribe and language and people group and nation" (Rev 5:9).

See also: anti-Semitism, attitude, injustice, favouritism, golden rule, judging, prejudice, race/racism, respect.