January 15, 2018

Acts 15:7–9 (NLT) — 7 At the meeting, after a long discussion, Peter stood and addressed them as follows: “Brothers, you all know that God chose me from among you some time ago to preach to the Gentiles so that they could hear the Good News and believe. 8 God knows people’s hearts, and he confirmed that he accepts Gentiles by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us. 9 He made no distinction between us and them, for he cleansed their hearts through faith

We make distinctions all time and people are either accepted or rejected depending on the distinction that is made. Russ Beske and I were at a leadership conference in Tennessee a few years ago. We were walking back to our motel from our meeting late at night and we decided to stop at a Wendy’s for a Frosty. Well the inside dining area was closed but the drive up window was open so we walked up to the window to order Frosty’s but they wouldn’t serve us because we weren’t in a car. A distinction was made.

I wanted to invest in a certain fund last year but I wasn’t allowed to because my income was less than a $100,ooo a year. A distinction was made.

To go on some rides at the fair you have to be at 4′ tall. A distinction was made.

Today is known as Martin Luther King Jr. Each year on the third Monday of January schools, federal offices, post office and banks across America close as we celebrate the birth, the life and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is a time for the nation to remember the injustices that Dr. King fought. A time to remember his fight for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples. A time to remember the message of change through nonviolence. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man that wanted to do away with distinction when it came to accepting or rejecting a person because of his or her skin color. He was assassinated in 1968 because of this distinction.

Here is some of what he said,We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. **We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: “For Whites Only.”** We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until “justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Aren’t you glad that Jesus made no distinctions when it came to him saving humans from their sin? Rich, poor, black, white, any color, tall, short, big or small, single, married, divorced, with kids or without, vegan or meat lover, Republican or Democrat, confused about gender, vision or no vision, Colt fan, Packer fan or Viking Fan it made no difference to Jesus. His dream is to save them all and he willingly died to make this possible for all mankind. And that is what is says today in the above verses that I printed out. He made no distinction between us and them, for he cleansed their hearts through faith“.

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