Discrimination

Acts 6:1 Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.

A word you hear bandied about is discrimination.
It’s nothing new.
If someone feels they deserve what someone else is getting then that person can shout, “Discrimination!”
The Message Bible uses the word discrimination for the word neglected in today’s scripture.
I can see the interchange.
The Greek-speaking Jews (Hellenists) complained against the Hebrews for neglecting (discriminating) against the Hellenist widows in daily food distribution.
Someone feels they deserve what someone else is getting.
Perhaps they were, indeed, neglected.
Perhaps the Apostles were overwhelmed by the number of people needing ministry, as evident by their suggestion in verses 2-7.
The word used and translated in Acts 6:1 is unique to that scripture.
I often say that our church Communion is for those that have received salvation from the Lord Jesus Christ.
I have attended some churches where the Communion was intended only for that church membership.
I was excluded (discriminated against) and I was fine with it.
But our church communion is open to all Christian believers.
Therefore, that discriminates against the unsaved, Buddhists, Muslims, and any other believer of a non-christian religion.
However, Communion does not discriminate against those taking it – men, women, children, whites, blacks, Americans, Russians, or any other person that claims the salvation of Christ.
Do not confuse discrimination with qualification.

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