Fair and Balanced

Tim Beals

READ : James 2:1-9

If you show partiality, you commit sin. (v. 9)

Mahatma Gandhi was in the wrong place (church) at the wrong time (Sunday).

The famous pacifist and political leader said in his autobiography that during his student days in London, he was very interested in the Bible. Deeply touched by reading the Gospels, he seriously considered becoming a follower of Jesus. Christianity seemed to offer the real solution to the caste system that was dividing the people of his native India and breaking his heart.

One Sunday he went to a nearby church to attend services. But when he entered the sanctuary, the ushers refused to give him a seat. They suggested firmly that he go and worship with his own kind. Gandhi left and never came back. “If Christians have caste differences also,” he reasoned, “I might as well remain a Hindu.”

It’s easy to ask “What if?” about one of the great leaders of the 20th century. But it’s more important to ask, “When was the last time I turned someone off because of something I said or did?” It’s not hard to do. At the expense of others, we prefer those who are just like us. But by doing so we miss out on opportunities God gives us to show people like Gandhi the way to eternal life.


Help me to see others as you see them.