People take pride in being non-discriminatory. God doesn’t. God says, ‘Unless you’re willing to clean up your act, you’ll never make it ‘big time’ in my kingdom.’ In other word, God is not going to grant his favor to those who have no expressed will to do things God’s way. He’s not about to say, ‘I don’t judge.’ Far from it, he does judge. Nevertheless, the Bible makes it clear, he does not judge us as our sins deserve. This, then, is God’s discrimination.
People discriminate too — and are not condemned for it. For example, in a men’s washroom, we discriminate between male and female. In a boys or girls club, we discriminate between male and female again. In a chess competition, we discriminate between those who know how to play chess, and those who don’t. The list could go on and on. And we do it all the time, and we are not ashamed of doing it. And rightfully so, because there is legitimate room for discrimination in such cases as these.
A father discriminates between a suitable mate for his daughter, and one that is not suitable. A mother discriminates between a good school for her son, and one that is even better. A man who is sick discriminates between a general practitioner who has never heard of his sickness, and one that specializes in the field. A woman about to get married discriminates between one type of menu, and another, for her wedding reception. She discriminates between one type of dress, and another.
In fact, the list could go ‘on an on’ when it comes to weddings. Women, and men, too, all around the world tend to discriminate a lot at weddings, which, I believe, is, in a sense, a ‘gift’ that has been given to them by their Creator to reflect a particularly important truth: That, at the wedding celebration of the Lamb (that is, Jesus), as described in Scripture, God, too, will judge very critically as to who is acceptable to even attend his own wedding (see Matthew 22).
This should make us think about how important it really is to choose correctly when it comes to things in this life. For if we fail in this life — and if we do not change our ways (i.e. ‘repent unto salvation’) — then we may end up not entering into that life which is to come — which also, is by choice. (You must choose to go there, and to be a part of that kingdom. You must discriminate, in this sense, as to whether or not God’s kingdom is for you.)
Not to discriminate, therefore, can be damaging to a person’s health and well-being. It can be damaging to a person’s future. It can lead to unnecessarily offending, and not showing respect, in the case of a sloppily chosen menu at a wedding reception (depending on the type of guests invited to that wedding, the food could be viewed as repulsive by some). God, too, discriminates on the basis of what he says is ‘repulsive’ in his word: Sin is repulsive. God says that if there is any sin in us, that is not acceptable. King David wrote, ‘See if there be any wicked way in me.’ (Psalm 139)
Today, I challenge you to discriminate on the basis of God’s word. I challenge you to take that which is good, and keep it. I challenge you to take that which is bad, and to lose it. I challenge you to ‘lose’ your life, in the sense of Scripture, and all that this life means to you, in order to gain something which is far better.
’34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it, but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’ (Mark 8:34-38)
— It is better to discriminate, than to disintegrate.