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True Impartiality

Then the woman of Samaria said to him, How is it that you being a Jew ask a drink from me a Samiratan woman?" For the Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. John 4:9



Partiality is not just a 20th century problem. As long as there have been different races and different languages there have been an inborn fear of that which is strange or different to us. If life is about relationships-- and it is--we could say that between people's of different races are great barriers. Some are walls of oceans, rivers and lakes; others are walls of pride fear and selfishness.


Today's passage is an excellent example of how partiality was in Jesus's time. The Jews had no dealings with Samaritans. The Samaritans were half breeds and looked down upon. They were shunned by the Jews as those who are unworthy and unfit for the kingdom of God. This broke Jesus's heart. He went to them and saved the whole village of Samaritans starting with this one outcast woman. What a Savior. He showed us the way--he is the one who breaks down the walls of separation.


As Christians, the Bible clearly speaks that in Christ Jesus there is no partiality. (James 2; Galatians 3:23)

Those who have been born again act with true impatiality. We do not see color, race or creed. We seek to tear down the walls of discrimination and prejudice because that is what God did for us. For we were once without God and without hope, but he stepped in and tore down that what separated us. He gave his only begotten son to die on the cross so that we might be made a part of His family.


True impartiality is born from love. As partiality and prejudice become ever more prevalent in the United States and throughout the world, let us do three things: 1) Let us pray against the spirit of separation. 2) Let us ask God to place people in our lives which will help us to show equality, and 3) Let us seek to love others who are not of the same race, faith or creed and be an example of unity and love. Then we will be like our Father in Heaven in True Impartiality.

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