“…we should never allow ourselves to forget that the Bible begins with the universe, not with the planet earth; then with the earth, not with Palestine; then with Adam the father of the human race, not with Abraham the father of the chosen race.
Since, then, God is the Creator of the universe, the earth and all mankind, we must never demote Him to the status of a tribal diety or petty godling like Chemosh the god of the Moabites, or Milcom (or Molech) the god of the Ammorites, or Baal the male diety, or Ashtoreth, the female diety of the Canaanites. Nor must we suppose that God chose Abraham and his descendants because He had lost interest in other peoples or given them up. Election is not a synonym for elitism. On the contrary,… God chose one man and his family in order, through them, to bless all the families of the earth.”
–John R.W. Stott
The Living God is a Missionary God
(Perspectives reader p.4)