Christians and Prejudice

JonahJonah was a man who had strong religious beliefs, but did not display compassion for the people of Nineveh because of his prejudice.  Instead he attempted to run from God, but once God got his attention, he decided to do as God asked, but didn’t like the outcome.  God spared the city of Nineveh because they immediately turned away from their wicked ways.  However, Jonah was furious because he didn’t like the people of Nineveh and wanted them destroyed.  In fact, he had more compassion for the gourd that provided shelter from the hot rays of the sun

Being honest with ourselves, have we had occasion to strongly dislike a particular people or maybe someone who is an acquaintance?  We get all unraveled when we notice that God is blessing them and would rather see them suffer some great discomfort or maybe even want people like them wiped off the face of the earth

We can go throughout history and display many instances of prejudice, but Christians should not display this characteristic as it is not of God

Prejudice promotes violence, but most of all it leads to eternal separation from Jesus

Christians are to display love towards all man-kind.  The bible states in 1 John 4:8b: for God is love and if we are of God, we will love each other no matter what the circumstance.  Notice we didn’t say, we must love because when you are of God, you will take on His characteristics which makes it impossible to not love

1 John 4 also goes as far to state in verse 20: ‘If a man say, I love God and hateth his brother, he is a liar’.  It is impossible to love God and hate His people.  All people were created by God.  Jesus died for all people and all people have a right to the Tree of Life.  As Christians, prejudice is not part of DNA, but perfect love as the Father has loved us

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