Should people who want to serve God be prevented from doing so?

There is at least one church which has been accused of not allowing people to serve on the worship team because they did not meet the youthful image the leadership wanted to portray. I can understand working with people who are not up to the level of quality in skills, so they can grow and serve God. I can understand not allowing people who do not have any skills from performing certain duties (not asking shy people who have not been called by God to preach, for instance). I can even understand not allowing certain people in ministry because of moral failing they refuse to repent from (although technically, they should be asked to repent or leave the church).

But should people not be allowed to serve God, regardless of whether they fit some appearance/age criteria? We know we are not to show favoritism in lawsuits (Leviticus 19:15). God Himself does not show favoritism between Gentile and Jew (Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11). God does not show favoritism between slave and free (Ephesians 6:5-9). God does not show favoritism when judging people who do wrong (Colossians 3:25). In fact, leaders in particular should show no favoritism (1 Timothy 5:21). We should build people up, not tear them down (Romans 15:1-3).

“Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?” (James 2:5). By showing favoritism, the leaders are sinning (James 2:2-9). We are not showing love when we show favoritism (James 2:9). God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise (1 Corinthians 1:18-30), should we not do the same? We should each serve the Lord wholeheartedly (Ephesians 6:6-8), why would any leader prevent someone who desires to serve the Lord from doing so?

But if someone IS prevented form serving God in a particular manner, we should delight in it, since when we are weakest, we are strong in God (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

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