Friday, June 19, 2015

Prejudice

“The less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.” -Clint Eastwood

Jesus came to bring salvation to both Jew and Gentile (non-Jew), but there were some Jewish believers that thought that they were superior to Gentile believers: Exhibit A, Peter.  Peter ate with Gentiles when no Jews were around, but when other Jews were around, he wouldn’t be seen eating with them.  Peter not only behaved prejudicially, but also influenced others to fall into prejudice thinking.  Paul called Peter out, saying, “You aren’t following the gospel message.”  Paul wanted Peter to understand that the gospel entailed that Peter treat the Gentiles with the same love that he gave Jews.  I’d contend that Peter wasn’t hatefully intending to hurt Gentiles, but perhaps he was ignorant of his prejudice, maybe because he’d always thought that way and no one had ever corrected him.  Likewise, let’s search our hearts to rid ourselves of prejudice.  Let’s also do as Paul did so that whenever we see prejudice in the world, we don’t sit idly by, but we call it out for what it is.  True racial healing will happen across the world when the gospel resonates in peoples’ hearts.

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen (1 John 4:20, ESV).

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