By definition, favoritism says that some people are more valuable than others. It creates a system where people feel like second-class citizens and this happens everyday all throughout our society. And yet, the church has the opportunity to mend what is broken because we’ve been the gospel message, a narrative in which God doesn’t play favorites. He doesn’t show partiality and this theme is woven throughout the Scriptures. In Genesis 12, all the families of the earth will be blessed through Abram and his lineage. In the Gospel accounts, Jesus’ hospitality is winsome to the lease of these.
This theme continues in Acts 10 as we read about the gospel being proclaimed to an ever-expanding audience with the conversation of Cornelius, a Gentile commander in the Roman army. Here, God crosses the paths of Peter and Cornelius. Peter testifies how the gospel has shaped him (v.v.28, 34-35) and then shares with with Cornelius’ family and close friends the good news (v.v. 34-43). So why does all of this matter? Well, this text shapes us to be a community that is non-partial in our welcome of others. It shapes us this way because each of us, were once far off and have been brought near. The gospel mends what is broken and pushes back against the darkness and unfair treatment of others.