Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Leadership (Part 20)
The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
James 3:17 (NKJV)
You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small as well as the great; you shall not be afraid in any man's presence, for the judgment is God's.
Deuteronomy 1:17 (NKJV)*
I used to think I wasn't prejudiced. I grew up in South Carolina during the 60s and 70s, a time of social upheaval. My mother, Millie Lewis (AMTC's co-founder), was not just a model's model, but also a model activist. The Southern belle turned New York covergirl could not abide racial prejudice.
Consequently, neither could I. I also hated class prejudice and refused to be a debutante. I thought I had my fairness bases covered. But along the way I discovered other types of discrimination: ones that hit me personally. I was a fat kid before it was common, and I was a female executive before it was cool.
But later, well into my adult years, I discovered I was a partial person. I felt smart and worked hard. As a 'high achiever,' I had little tolerance for slow learners or small steppers. So, I was prejudiced. I also was a people pleaser, and pleasers fly many flags, depending on the people they're trying to please.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: God is clearly biased for no bias, and time is short. You have been called to rise above pettiness, pride and all walls that divide. Rich or poor, pretty or plain, educated or simple, senator or server, up-and-at-em's or down-and-outer's, love without borders.
God will give you favor if you don't play favorites.
To Be Continued...
* 'Ye shall not respect persons in judgment... Or pass judgment, and give sentence according to the outward appearances, circumstances, and relations of men; as whether they be friends or foes, rich or poor, old or young, men or women, learned or unlearned; truth and justice should always take place, without any regard to what persons are: but you shall hear the small as well as the great; persons in low life, and in mean circumstances, as well as great and noble personages; or little causes and of no great moment, as well as those of the utmost importance; all must be attended to...'
'Ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; of the frowns and threatenings of rich men, and of such as are in power and authority; not be awed or intimidated by them from doing justice...'
'For the judgment is God's; judges stand in the place of God, are put into their office by Him, and act under Him, and for Him, and are accountable to Him; and therefore should be careful what judgment they make, or sentence they pass, lest they bring discredit to Him, and destruction on themselves' (Gill's Exposition on the Bible re: Dt 1:17); http://biblehub.com/commentaries/deuteronomy/1-17.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.