May  2011 03
Without Favoritism in Strange Land

Jim Wilson reflects on what 1 Peter and Jesus have to say about God's favoritism.




The 3rd Sunday of Easter, Festival of the Christian Home/Mother’s Day/ Native American Awareness Sunday, White

Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19, I Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35

Since you call upon a Father/Mother who judges all people according to their actions without favoritism, you should conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your dwelling in a strange land.”

I Peter 1:17 CEB


Living in a strange land,

one named home over and over,

noting the changing values all about,

followers of the loving Christ,

cheering the death of another,

albeit a nasty scoundrel

though a child of the living God

of us all


Living in a strange land,

where holiness is claimed

and Christianity a common mantra,

though some confined in prisons of various hatreds,

often in the very name of the One

inviting us to live together in harmony,

trusting in God,

rather than our revenge and standing army


Living in a strange land,

holding fast to the notions of atonement

noting ours lives to be intertwined irrevocably,

respecting one another with no favoritism,

calling the one true God

our Father/Mother as well as theirs also,

determined to be whole

needing not a lesser one to denigrate


Living in a strange land,

one determined to offer wholeness,

though oft forgetting the needs of

those living on the reservations, ghettos, across the tracks or the ‘quarters’

whilst patting ourselves on our holy backs

thanking God for the bounty received

as though God’s favorite



And then came Jesus,

valuing the words of the prophets,

noting self as a servant of justice

a dispenser of mercy

asking never to see a green card

considering the universe God’s gift to all,

the strange world

rejecting his lack of favoritism roundly


Strangers in an alien land, perhaps, prophets in a land needing redemption, surely, now to trust in God who is raiding us from the dead so that our faith and hope are secure. (Vs. 21) Jim Wilson



Note: Jim Wilson is a retired United Methodist minister with a close connection to PTS.

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