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Acts 10:34. Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality.”
I am an only child. Partiality was never my problem. It had nowhere else to go.
I married someone who isn’t, and I learned from her the importance of being careful never to give any sign to our children that one is more special than the other. She learned this in her own family. Her parents had been perhaps somewhat compulsive about never giving any hint of partiality. If the Christmas presents did not come to exactly the same value, the difference was made up in packs of Kleenex. No kidding. And it worked.
My wife and her brother learned without doubt that they were equally loved, and that love had nothing to do with being special. It had to do with being in the family. That’s all. There was no partiality.
When Peter stood in front of a congregation of Gentiles and proclaimed that God shows no partiality, he was making a radical statement indeed, and one that threatens to the core where our humanity has wandered far from the all-inclusive nature of love.
Partiality is a hard thing to give up, but it is no more than an illusion that we are somehow special or entitled. Not to God.