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I recently looked at an old Dr. Suess book that brought back many memories for me. If you love children’s prose the chances are good that you may have thoughts of your childhood attached to at least one of the whimsical topics that made these books so beloved to children the world over.

One of my favorites is the story of “Star-bellied Sneetches,” an entire community of creatures that take great pride in the fact that they have stars on their bellies, while their “sans-star” bellied neighbors are shunned and mistreated simply because they do not possess the same physical attribute.

“When the Star-Belly children went out to play ball,
Could a Plain Belly get in the game? Not at all.
You only could play if your bellies had stars
And the Plain-Belly children had none upon thars.” 1

Sadly, the truth that this story contains hits closer to home more often than we care to admit. As sinful human beings we can easily fall into the trap of being respecters of people. We often put stock in people’s careers, in their material possessions, and in their position on the social ladder, and think not one whit about the devastating consequences that may result in fostering such thoughts.

Impartial Hospitality

When it comes to our human relationships, God calls Christians to higher ground. 

“If a man enters your church wearing an expensive suit, and a street person wearing rags comes in right after him, and you say to the man in the suit, “Sit here, sir; this is the best seat in the house!” and either ignore the street person or say, “Better sit here in the back row,” haven’t you segregated God’s children and proved that you are a judge who can’t be trusted? Listen, dear friends. Isn’t it clear that God operates quite differently? He chose the world’s down-and-out as the kingdom’s first citizens, with full rights and privileges. This kingdom is promised to anyone who loves God” (James 2:2-5).

It is clear what our relationships to others must be if we are to follow the ways of our Creator. In God’s sight there is no PhD, no pauper. There are only children, just brothers and sisters brought together through the bloodline of heaven. When we internalize this wonderful concept, we no longer place value on occupation, possessions, or social status. Our worth, our value was displayed to us by a God who sacrificed the best that heaven had to offer so that we could taste eternity. Our lives should follow this incredible example.

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By Michael Temple. Copyright © 2010 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the THE MESSAGE / REMIX ®

1 The Sneetches and other Stories by Dr. Suess, Random House Books for Young Readers, 1961

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