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Saturday, September 19, 2015

We're All Equal

As I sat there listening to my instructor berate me, it was then that I realized one of the reasons we love God so much, why He is so great- because He shows no partiality.

Ever since I started graduate school I've faced many difficulties, and today I wanted to touch on the subject of "partiality," as mentioned in the Bible. There are so many places where God tells us we should show no distinction between the rich man or the poor man and that God Himself doesn't show partiality. He's fair, and He considers us all equals. There's no favoritism.

When I began the process of enrolling to grad. school I was directed to an advisor over the phone. She answered the phone and then asked what degree program I was going for, in her usual tone, and then when I told her my intended major for graduate school, her voice perked up and the tone changed. She talked to me for almost half an hour about how much I would love school and that of course my GPA was high, because all graduate students had done well in undergraduate school. And I have to admit, as I listened to her enthusiasm, I felt a bit like I had "moved up" in the world. She treated me better than she did the undergraduate students. I liked it.

When classes finally began, I expected all of the professors to be snobbish and look down upon us. I was surprised to find that half of them regarded the students as equals. They were kind to us, but then they'd tell us stories about the undergraduate students and how they could care less about their life, always implying how "foolish" undergraduate students were. But the professors took the time to learn about our ambitions in life, because we were suddenly "important."

The other half of my professors regarded themselves very highly. And one of them challenged me in an argument just to gloat over her superiority in the fact that she had a doctorate, I did not, and she would of course win the "argument" over how silly my religious beliefs were. She went on further to tell me that I couldn't know certain truths if those "truths" weren't written by scholars.

So as I sat there, I thought, I don't care what she thinks of me. I already know she thinks very poorly of me because I am not on her level of education, but that's okay. God thinks the same about me as He does the neurosurgeon or the homeless man on the street. He values each and everyone of us just the same, no matter what our education may or may not be. 

And all of a sudden it hit me that here I had been treated so well up until that point, not realizing that those who had not acquired my educational level were being treated as nothing. Nobody cared to hear about their career ambitions. Nobody cared about if they were enrolled in undergraduate school. The older adults looked down upon them due to their youthfulness, and maybe perhaps somewhat out of jealousy. But just because the professors didn't care about them, doesn't mean that God doesn't care.

And I'm so glad for that. God cares about you as a person. He delights in our communication with Him. He loves you just as much as the billionaire Christian or the Christian doctor. He doesn't care if you have a degree or not. He doesn't care if you live in a mansion. He loves us equally. And because He loves us equally, we must love everyone else equally. We must take care to treat those whom the world despises with extra love and attention. They are no different from us. And I have come to realize, that my "position" in the world means nothing. It is nothing to God, so it's nothing to me. And I pray constantly that God would never let it get to my head where I treat someone poorly or with disrespect just because they aren't like me. So examine yourself too and see, if you show partiality or do you treat everyone as equals? We need to be striving to ensure everyone sees that because God is no respecter of persons, neither are we!

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