Transforming Prejudice

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

My brothers and sisters, do not show prejudice if you possess faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. For if someone comes into your assembly wearing a gold ring and fine clothing, and a poor person enters in filthy clothes, do you pay attention to the one who is finely dressed and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and to the poor person, “You stand over there,” or “Sit on the floor”? If so, have you not made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil motives? James 2.1-4

The difference that Jesus makes in your life can be seen in how you treat other people. God is not a respecter of people. Everyone is on the same level for him. Since all men have sinned, Romans 3.23, we are all guilty.

When someone becomes a follower of Jesus, he learns that he must put away his old way of life. He must make a change in his actions and attitudes. How can someone do this? We all know how hard change can be. Yet, Paul wrote in Ephesians 4.23 that one must renew his way of thinking. This renewing of your mind has a transforming effect bringing about the desired change, Romans 12.2.

This transformation does not give in to fear, 2 Timothy 1.7. It acts out of a spirit of power, love, and self-control. Our love for others must reach out to everyone defying what the world would determine as who is worthy and who is not. Christians must not show prejudice to others, no matter their social or racial status.

At times, we give in to prejudice because of our own fears and insecurities. Or we want to impress someone to gain their favor so they will like us. In the end, it is not important whom one impresses or fails to impress here in this life. God is the one who matters. How do I appear before him?

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