Treating all people with love

In today's political climate the hate groups such as the Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists seem emboldened to publicly spew their hate. And the most concerning of it all to me is that they try to hide behind being Christians and that their way is ordained by the Bible and Jesus. So, can you please help me with Scripture to point out that they are not being Christians by what they believe? When I think of Jesus' example, he associated with people of all nationalities and sent his disciples out to all nations. I am just having a hard time putting my finger on some Bible verses to bring this message of treating all people with love regardless of their heritage.

The apostle Peter’s words in the home of Cornelius provide practical guidance to what you are asking. After receiving instruction from God that the Old Testament ceremonial laws were no longer in effect, Peter said, “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right” (Acts 10:34-35).

God does not show favoritism toward people (Romans 2:11), and he instructs his followers to be imitators of his boundless love. Here are some passages that reflect that. “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10). “I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism” (1 Timothy 5:21). “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31). Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) makes clear that our neighbor is our fellow human being.

Finally, I would direct you to one of the magnificent scenes the apostle John witnessed in one of his visions from God. He saw the church of God of all time in the presence of God. He described it this way: “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9). Christians want to recognize the diversity of the Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints. If God has shown love to all people of the world in Jesus his Son (John 3:16), we have so many reasons to do the same.