When one’s face doesn’t fit

Glimpses inside a horsebox and a gypsy caravan, Kenilworth Horse Fair
Glimpses inside a horsebox and a gypsy caravan, Kenilworth Horse Fair by Robin Stott is licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0

You shall love your neighbour as yourself. …  But if you show partiality you commit sin.

The LORD you God is … the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality, … administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger.

Deuteronomy 10:17.18.

Eliette is a district nurse. One day she had to attend to a caravan of gypsies to give them injections. She felt apprehensive, wondering how to broach them, when she heard the head of the family ask his wife, “Is this nurse a believer?” It opened up the way for her and proved an excellent lesson!

“Making one’s face fit” is an expression that originated through certain persons’ practice of systematically mis-trusting people of a different skin colour, social status or an unfortunate outward appearance. 

This is judging people by their looks, only regarding their outward appearance. God does not judge by appearances; He reads what is in our heart (cf. 1 Samuel 16:7). He shows no favouritism, neither has He preconceived ideas or prejudices. He knows that all human beings are sinners, yet loves them all the same, whatever their origin or their past may be. He wants all to repent and turn to Him to become His children.

And we believers, His children, must not make distinctions between people. Let us not assume any superiority over others, but, like Him, be filled with the love of Christ toward all of God’s creatures, whether a government minister or an immigrant.