Unfortunately, there seems to exist many people who think that the God of the Bible shows favoritism; they think He’s racist, sexist, what have you (we’ve heard it all). However, I’m here to tell you that those claims are simply outrageous (pray for me).
For the love of everything holy, please do not listen to any clown who tries to make these outrageous assertions, even if they try to use Scripture to prove their point . . . I can use Scripture to prove all kinds of things; that doesn’t mean they’re true, nor does it mean that that’s what the Bible is actually saying. This is what happens when disingenuous people, with malicious intentions, twist Scripture to make it say something that it doesn’t. These people really ought to be ashamed of themselves. If they are willing to use the Bible to prosecute some outrageous concoction in their head, they ought to also be willing to listen to those who use the Bible to show them when they’re wrong (that’s what I’m here for).
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect (1 Corinthians 15:10).
What does the Bible actually say about race, gender, and social class? Does God really show favoritism? Let’s take a look . . . Paul’s letter to the Galatians is a good place to start.
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:26-29).
Paul tells us that, at the foot of the cross, there is no slave or free, Jew or Greek, male or female. In our vernacular, there is no rich, poor, black, white, male, female, or any of that; we are all one . . . Period!
There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism (Romans 2:9-11).
If God does not show favoritism, what about His chosen people? Aren’t the Jews God’s chosen people? Indeed, God chose the Jews to give the law, the prophets, and even the Messiah was wrought through the Jewish blood line . . . But that does not mean that God only chooses them for salvation, for the Bible tells us that salvation is available to all who believe.
To illustrate further, recall the story of Peter’s vision in Acts 10, where Peter concludes by saying, I now know how true it is that God does not show favoritism; how much clearer could this be? Yet people will still get this wrong, purposely trying to promulgate a false narrative (there’s a lot of that going on these days).
Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right (Acts 10:34-35).
God accepts people from every nation, not just the nation Israel. That’s why I think it’s confused to believe that God has two distinct people . . . God has only ever had one people, and that is Israel. When the Bible says all Israel will be saved, that’s because all Israel will be saved! The question is, “Who is Israel?”
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved (Romans 11:25-26).
Israel are those who have put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. It has nothing to do with nation, race, gender, economics, or any of that. Rather, it solely has to do with those who have been saved through faith.
He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household” (Acts 16:30-31).
Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved . . . Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you are Israel!