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I Don’t Care Who You Are

by Damilola Oguntunde

Good morning DPR, I believe we had a productive week? God be praised forever. Character Series for me has been very prophetic in the sense that it brings us to a place where the desired effect of the power of Christ can now be manifested. There’s no way a people can rise beyond the content of their character, there’s no organisation that can succeed over and above her character quotient, your life’s legacy is directly linked with your character while you were around on earth. After all is said and done, Character is that abstract substance that has the ability to crystalise into an eternal reward and also a legacy that outlives the individual. We need to give a lot of attention to our character as a people and stop looking for a messiah in our leaders, they have a big role to play but the onus of the responsibility of “change” is not mantra achievable by one person or party, it lies more on us as individuals. If we make a concerted effort to begin changing our behaviours inside out, Nigeria and of course the world at large will be better for it. No-one has finally attained the status of perfection in character development, but we all can strive to attain it in thoughts, words and actions towards our fellow human, no matter who they are, what they represent or where they come from. Any time any day, it is the law and order borne out of the concern for the other man that produces the returns more than our selfish nature can generate.

Prov 14:34(KJV) Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

Today’s post is tagged; “I Don’t Care Who You Are”. It’s a phrase that ought to characterise our love code of conduct. As believers we ought not to care who anyone is, and just go on ahead and love them anyways, be kind to them anyways, be sensitive to them anyways and be good to them anyways. I don’t care who you are, where you’re from, who your father is, what you believe in, all I want to know is if you’re a person. If you’re a person then I’m going to love you like God loves every person. Every sane and civilised community built her constitution on the premise of the duty of care. The founding Fathers of the American Charter said that democracy is only suitable and sustainable for and by a moral people, that the moment democracy is wielded by an Immoral people, they are bound to self destruct. Jesus in his earthly ministry made is clear that the rich is not superior to the poor in any essential way, that no preferential treatment should be given to the rich simply because of their affluence in the society. You don’t see a man wearing a not too good clothing and tell him to seat somewhere at the back and chart a free course to the choice front row for the high and mighty. James also preached against that tendency, because in the eye of God, every man has equal essential value before Him.

James 2:2(KJV) For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: 4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
Act 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
Rom 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God.

God is no respecter of persons, and we ought not to be also. How he would treat you is the very me way he would treat any other person. God isn’t partial, He’s not like men. There’s this perception among believers that favour means God deciding to favour you over and above another person for no just reason, I don’t quite agree with that assertion. There are more biblical proofs to the fact that God is impartial than there are to prove that He is. Thank God God is impartial, glory to God, I can come boldly as I am and be seen the way He sees Christ. God doesn’t look at me with the lens of superiority and I better not look at myself with inferiority. The way He sees Christ is the same way He sees me, I am Christ perceived!!! What He would do for Christ, He would do for me. He won’t favour Christ above me, because I am in Christ. God knows no man after the flesh and that’s how we ought to be also. It doesn’t matter who we’re dealing with, whether in church, workplace, on the street or at home, we ought to see people the way God sees them. Do you respect your gateman? do you greet that house help of yours? Do you say thank you to the security man that opens the door for you at eateries? Do you honour your “mean” teachers and Instructors? Do you love and respect people no matter who they are? Mahatma Gandhi said he would have been a Christian if he never met one… Meaning the Christians back in his day were so full of prejudice against other people outside their own “cult”. Cult because any social system that operates a closed entry and exit is more or less a cult. Gandhi would have evangelised over 1 billion Indians if another Christian had seen him the way God sees every human. God isn’t racist! The wisdom and character of God does not permit partiality, discrimination and hypocrisy.

James 3:17(KJV) But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, WITHOUT PARTIALITY, AND WITHOUT HYPOCRISY.

When we see people the way God sees them, then our long walk to true freedom begins. You can say this out loud; I DON’T CARE WHO YOU ARE, I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU REPRESENT, AND I DON’T CARE WHERE YOU’RE FROM… I’M GOING TO LOVE YOU, I’M GOING TO RESPECT YOU AND I’M GOING TO BE GOOD TO YOU. Meanwhile, decide to activate and apply this confession in your life as soon as you can. God bless Nigeria, Happy Independence Celebration. See you on Monday.

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1 comment

Oyeola Oluwasanmi October 3, 2015 - 6:03 am

I totally agree that only when we’ve been loving do we stand a chance at winning Unbelievers over.


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