“For God does not show favoritism.” – Romans 2:11
On September 3, 1957, nine Black students, known as the “Little Rock Nine”, arrived at the all white Central High School to begin classes but were instead met by the Arkansas National Guard, who were ordered there by Governor Orval Faubus. Also greeting the nine teenagers was a screaming, threatening mob. The Little Rock Nine tried again a couple of weeks later and made it inside, but they had to be removed for their safety when violence ensued.
Finally, President Dwight D. Eisenhower intervened and ordered federal troops to escort the Little Rock Nine to and from classes at Central High. Still, the students faced continual harassment and prejudice.
One of the nine students was Melba Pattillo Beals. She would go on to work in newspaper and television journalism, earn a doctorate in international multicultural education, and teach journalism at the college level. In her latest book, “I Will Not Fear: My Story of a Lifetime of Building Faith under Fire”, Melba credits the Lord for guiding her through trying experiences in Arkansas and afterward.
The Lord alone shows no favoritism in His love. Today in prayer, thank the Lord for His impartiality and pray that you will not show favoritism to others.
“Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart.” - Marguerite Gardiner
God’s Word: “My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism.” – James 2:1