Romans 2:11, “For there is no partiality with God.”
Throughout history people have witnessed discrimination in so many different ways it would be impossible to list them all. A few ways we have seen discrimination are through avenues such as racism, social class, physical abilities vs. inabilities, the handicapped, religion, the Holocaust, and certainly the latest well-known prejudice of anti-Christianity that is swarming through the nations today. These discriminations arise from various thoughts, beliefs and attitudes, but ultimately it all leads back to sin and the fall of man in the garden of Eden.
In Romans chapter 1 and 2 we see two groups that show discrimination or prejudice against each other. These two groups were the Gentiles and the Jews. Both groups had their own problems with idolatry, substituting tradition for worship, doing what they shouldn’t be doing, and not doing what they should be doing. In other words, there was enough sin in both groups of people to go around. We see two groups of people, and both groups view themselves as being better spiritually than the other group. Now, before we pass judgment so quickly on these people we must ask a very important question. Don’t we ourselves ( members of the church ) do the very same thing many times? Of course we do, and we are just as wrong to do so as those people were in that day.
If you read Romans chapter 1 and 2, but particularly focus on chapter 2 verses 1-11 Paul reminds the Gentiles, the Jews, and us of some very important facts about judgment as we look at other people around us. Judgment is like a boomerang. Paul tells us in verse 1 of chapter 2 that when we judge someone else that same judgment comes right back at us. He shares that however you judge someone else, in the same way you condemn yourself. In other words, whatever standard you hold another person to you are automatically causing yourself to be held to that same standard. That judgment comes right back to you like a boomerang.
Judgment asks some important questions. In verses 3 and 4 Paul helps us to see two major questions that judgment makes us ask ourselves. Are you expecting different standards for other people than you are willing to have for yourself? Then, in verse 4, we cannot help but ask, “Do you judge others in the same way you would want God to judge you?”. These questions have to be asked, because judgment is as much reflective of one’s own life as it is seeing fault in another person’s life.
We cannot escape the fact that verse 5 shows us that ungodly judgment discounts the grace of God. What makes judgment ungodly? Ungodly judgment is the absence of the love and grace of God in judgment. You see, the Bible does teach that we are to judge sin. In fact, if we see another brother or sister caught up in sin, we are wrong not to point that out and go to them about that sin. However, it must be done in love and in the grace of God. Godly judgment always points people to Jesus and is done for the whole purpose of restoring a brother or sister to a right relationship with God. Ungodly judgment is the result of two things. It is full of pride, and it comes from a hard heart. Being full of pride we work to elevate ourselves above other people. A hard heart causes one to be pleased in the downfall of others because it makes us feel better about ourselves. These are the two ingredients of ungodly judgment toward other people.
The good news is found in verse 11. “For there is no partiality with God.”. Paul was sharing this with the Gentiles and the Jews. He was trying to get them to see that they were all on the same playing field. We too are all on the same field of life. God doesn’t love me more than you, or you more than me. He is not partial. He is not prejudice. There is no partiality with Him at all. There are those who are under the blood of Christ and forgiven of their sins, and there are those who refuse to receive Jesus for Who He is; therefore, they remain unforgiven because of their unbelief.
God, unlike us, does everything perfectly. Read verses 6-10 and you will see that He will give perfectly every man according to his deeds. Then, when you read verse 11 you will see that not only does He give perfectly, but He does it without prejudice. It doesn’t matter whether you are Jew or Gentile, black or white, poor or rich, male or female, American or Asian, He will give perfectly and without discrimination to you based on your relationship or lack of to Him.
Remember, the Bible has a lot to say about judgment. We should take heed to these warnings that Paul spilled out to the Jews and Gentiles. Judgment is necessary, but Godly judgment always looks out for what is best for the individual rather than tearing him/her down. Godly judgment always seeks to restore a brother or sister to a right fellowship with their heavenly Father.