I heard a great
story about this fancy club that wouldn’t allow golfers in, even if their families
came over on the Mayflower. The families had to be descended from the guy who
owned the ship. Then some members invited a business acquaintance out to play
golf with them.

“I’m Jewish,”
the man said. “They won’t let me play there.”

“With you
they’ll never know,” he was assured.

It was a challenging
course, and he really wanted to play. He went despite advice from his wife against
it. Soon he was back home.

“What happened?”
she asked.

was fine for six holes. It was beautiful. On Number Seven, they found out.”


“I hit my
drive into the lake. I walked down to play a penalty shot. As I got to the shore,
the water parted.”

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In the late 1800’s, St. Paul’s School in London was considered quite
prestigious. Even so, a mother, thinking of entering her son, wrote to
Frederick Walker, the high Master, wondering about the social standing of the
boys he’d be with. Walker replied, “Madam, so long as your son behaves
himself and the fees are paid, no question will be asked about his social
standing.” He’d deliberately turned her question completely around.

When we think of respect of persons, we generally think of our own attitudes
toward others. Sometimes we need to consider what their attitude toward us
might be! The apostle Peter learned that there is no respect of persons with
God (Acts 10:34). If we would be godly we must not judge people by their color,
culture, country, nor by their economic status, their gender, their level of education, or
their social standing.

The apostles, and most of the early Christians were humble folk (I Corinthians
1:26-29). Of course, there were exceptions. Leading citizens of Athens became
Christians. Eventually there were Christians in Caesar’s household.
Christianity broke the barriers that separated people and made them one in
Christ. We must be certain that our attitude toward all people reflects the
attitude of God. We must be humble enough to accept any person made in God’s
image, just as we expect them to accept us.

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