Not all who call themselves Christians are true followers of Christ. This is not new, as stated by Jesus, before leaving this world. (Matthew 24:5). The Bible provides several mechanisms by which any sincere believer can check the authenticity of his/her commitment. There is no wisdom that can override the wisdom found in avoiding rampant deception across the Christian world.
Having a low opinion of oneself, or of another person, is the first cause of blindness in Christianity. Truth is available across all denominations, just as deception is found across all denominations. It is often a question of who would be used by God at any given time. Those who had a low opinion of Jesus never benefitted anything from Jesus. That phenomenon is still with us today, as Christ uses any person, without considering his/her denomination or social background.
When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and any who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “what’s this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles! Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joses, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offence at Him (Mark 6:2-3 NIV).
The term Jesus is applicable to any human and is not distinguished by race, class or educational background. The Christ cannot be seen by physical eyes, as hidden to ordinary human beings. It is the same Christ who dwelt in Jesus of Nazareth, despised, and viewed as not befitting of being used by God. This is the fundamental truth that is ignored by most believers.
Those believers assume that truth ought to come from respectable quarters. It behoves anyone desiring truth to understand that it is not a question of one’s background that qualifies God’s messengers. Truthful information cannot be accommodated by respecters of personalities.
A truthful person does not consider one’s background, before examining the proffered information. That person attends to the workability of the information, even when coming from nonbelievers. This is just as God is not a respecter of personalities, according to the Bible (Acts 10:34-35).
This includes the consideration of educational background, posture or the type of vehicle one drives. In Zimbabwe, politicians are accorded respect, even with their documented clumsy backgrounds. Those politicians drive flashy vehicles, enabling them to earn undeserved respect from ordinary humans.
“My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favouritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, ‘Here’s a good seat for you,’ but say to the poor man, ‘You stand there’ or ‘Sit on the floor by my feet,’ have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?” (James 2:1-5 NIV).
James is talking about common practice, even in Christian circles, today. That practice appears normal, but distinguishing those judging matters with evil thoughts, according to James. Looking down upon another human being, regardless of background, is a product of evil.
This should not be construed as sitting in judgment, but determining whether one would be dealing with a believer or not. The actual judgment for humanity comes from God. The identity of true believers enables one to know how to relate, and how applicable the communication would be.