Prejudice

21 01 2007

(James 2:1-13)

James (many believe) was the half-brother of Jesus. He writes about a characteristic seen in Christians the he never observed in the life of his older brother. He calls it being a “respecter of persons”. It is an element of our depraved nature that we call “prejudice”. James speaks of the preferential treatment of the rich at the expense of the humiliation of the poor. It is interesting to note that the prejudice was exhibited at church! Sad be the case, but I can give numerous examples of prejudice within the church.

I guess we all have ways of measuring people that are not fair, even prejudicial. It is a reflection of our experiences, upbringing, mentors, or friends. Prejudice is an irrational hatred that was never seen in the understanding and compassionate life of Jesus. We can twist Scripture to excuse prejudice, but the honest truth is that the ground is level at the foot of the cross. The people you hate now, you may have to live with forever and ever!

Principles to overcome Prejudice
1.
Realize your faith does not protect you from prejudice (v.1)
We can hide behind faith and even use it to excuse hatred.
2.
View prejudice (v9)
It is not to be blamed on your nationality, your color, your parents or your neighborhood. Prejudice starts in the darkness of our own sinful heart.
3.
Learn to show compassion to those who hurt. (v. 8)
Someone that you would otherwise condemn, learn to look through eyes of compassion. As a mentor of mine often said, “Be kind to everyone, because everyone is having a tough day”.
4.
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Give people a break, even if they do not deserve it. Gradually allow mercy and compassion to dissolve your prejudice.

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