Many years ago, when my father, Dr. M. R. De Haan, was president of Radio Bible Class, a well-known minister came to our office. Initially I was awed by the presence of this distinguished visitor.
My impression soon began to change, however, as I listened to him talk about himself. He seemed to exemplify what the apostle Paul said a Christian should not do, that is, “to think of himself more highly than he ought to think” (Rom. 12:3).
When my father asked the noted pulpiteer about another preacher in the same town, he ridiculed the man’s ministry to those who lived “on the other side of the tracks.” I’ve never forgotten that incident.
What about our attitudes? Is there favoritism in our churches? Are we as interested in the “down and outer” as much as the “up and outer”? Do we greet those on the bottom rung of the social ladder with the same enthusiasm we show to those who have riches and enjoy worldly prestige?
Christians should never neglect a needy soul. The Lord is not pleased when we show undue favoritism to some and snub others.
Is the word welcome printed on your church bulletin? Does it apply to everyone?
No one is excluded from the circle of God's grace,
We cannot get beyond His love and care;
Why then do we close our minds and turn away our face
From all who in the gospel have a share? —Hess
A heart that is open to Christ will be open to those He loves.