Saturday, November 24, 2007

God of Preferential Treatment?

People have always asked me why does God show preferential treatment. At first I quoted Psalm 115;3: “But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased”. At times I amplified it with Daniel 4: 35: “And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, what doest thou?” These answers sound too abstract for the sufferer because they paint the picture of a partial God who cares more about some than others. Why does God allow a molester to stay in church molesting kids for 14 years before he is caught? Why does this couple that goes to church daily has difficulties having a baby? Why does the guy who works so hard loses his job and home? In short; why do bad things mostly happen to good people? If God is not impartial why does he answer only the prayers of a selected few? I mean; why do good girls get played by bad men?
It is difficult to see those things happen especially when you hear sad news like the one I just heard that a girl I knew is now homebound paralyzed. Such beauty and good personality restricted to four walls and a bed. Prayers have been offered, tears have rolled down the cheeks of beloveds, wishes have been made, but all to no avail. How precarious is life, and of what good is it we soliloquize? Where is God in all of this?
Luke assures us that God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). Paul endorses it to the Romans (Rom 2:11). To the Colossians he tells them that everybody is equal before God because he rewards people according to their deeds (Col 3:25). When he visited Ephesus he told them to treat their subalterns well because God the Master of masters has no respect for persons.
As a recurrent principle, God through the mouth of Moses exhorts us not to respect persons (Prov 24:23). On the contrary today in our milieus the rich and powerful command more respect than the poor and weak. How do you treat people?
Thus this God who does not treat people according to their status will never leave you if you don’t forsake him (2 Chr 15:2). Even if your father and mother abandon you he will never abandon you (Ps 27:10). The fact that someone’s banana has gotten ripe before yours does not make them a better farmer. The fact that someone’s problems have been solved faster than yours does not mean God loves them more than you or that God has more respect for them than you.
God may allow a bad person in a place just so the person repents (2 pet 3:8-9). At times he speaks but man’s hyperopia and myopia blur his sight. For example marriage was made to efface solitude (Gen 2:18) but the medium for offspring (Gen 1:28). That is why they say Offspring. That is springs from marriage. Children in marriage are a blessing and byproduct of the marriage but not the reason why we marry. Nowadays mankind has tied both together. Marriage equals to children and in the absence of them hell breaks loose and the courts answer present with divorce papers.
Indeed, hard work rewards but vanity is a source for poverty (Prov 28:19). Some people work hard, amass opulence but try to live more than they have. That is where their sorrows begin and they think God has abandoned them. Some work too hard but seeing they are becoming workaholics and braggarts, God decides to let them lose the job to draw their attention: that of treating everybody as human; sometimes just to preserve their health. Indeed bad things happen to good people because that is how the good people will serve as testimonies to others who find themselves in bad situations. Times of trials and temptations are not times to abandon God but times to call on him for he will answer you (Jer 33:3).
Therefore, do not think God treats people with preferential treatment. It is aberrational for anyone to think that God will not hear them when they pray but will only do so when there is a special prayer from a man of God. Indeed there are some people more gifted in certain areas than others, but God hears the prayers of those who live for him. There is only one Mediator between God and man; the man Christ Jesus (I Tim 2:5). See, He has created all human beings equal; for they all go to the restroom. They all fart: loud or silently through their rectums. Those that wear pants do so the same way; leg first. As such if you think the whirlpool of life is taking you away, call unto Jesus he will hear you. Go down on your knees and pray. What is your worry this day? Go unto God in prayers and he will hear you. For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him (2 Chr 16:9). Are you one of them?

Until then, God loves you and does not show preferential treatment!

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