Some of the most frequently asked questions adults ask kids (and kids ask each other) begins with these three words: What’s your favorite______________?
You Must Have a Favourite…
We ask about a person’s favourite colour, food, sport, subject in school and movie. From our earliest years, we are ingrained to choose a preference in almost every area of life. If you say you don’t have a favourite song, you might be met with incredulity…”You don’t have a favourite song? What’s wrong with you?”
Unfortunately, what starts out as being a harmless way to start or keep a discussion going can quickly become something more destructive if taken too far.
Preference Over People
We begin to choose sides, and before long we draw lines of distinction between one another based on preference rather than treating each other as people. Preference over people is rarely productive. In fact, it can become destructive in a hurry.
This summer we are looking into the book of James to find some unCommon wisdom that needs to become common in our lives. In James 2:1-4 we are told that it is ‘unChristian’ to show favouritism. An example is showing favouritism to rich people over poor people. It seems that in our desire for status and money we often end up sucking up to people who can give us what we want, and shunning those who have little to offer in the way of money or power. James says it’s not cool.
Breaking Down the Barriers
But we discriminate all the time. We discriminate by race, sex, age, and ability. We may not share our opinions aloud, but there are assumptions and prejudices we hold to that need to be rooted out of our lives. They are killing us and killing the good work Jesus came to do-to break down barriers that divide us from one another and from Him.
This Sunday I encourage you to join us for one of our gatherings (9:30 and 11:00am, 12:30pm). It is a great opportunity to be with and worship with people of all ages, races, and backgrounds. It is a taste of heaven on earth.
When it comes to people, let’s pick favourites like God does. “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
God loves the whole world. We are all his favourites. That includes you!