[PC-USA] 2002-01-13 - Passages about Prejudice

Encore from 2000-07-09

God gifts us with such diversity in His world --  diversity of types of wildlife, colors of skin, of  the abilities He gives His children, of sizes and  shapes and more. But sometimes we take this beautiful gift and turn it into a dividing wall of prejudice between people. Sometimes people even use God's own word to justify bigotry. It must sadden the heart of our Heavenly Father, to see us look down on our brothers and sisters simply because of their race, sex, financial status, mental abilities, physical handicaip, age, weight or for any reason. God sees our "insides." and it is His desire that we look at the "real" person, too. Today we will see some passages that apply to prejudice.

1 Sam. 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." (NIV)

Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

James 2:1 My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism. 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, "Here's a good seat for you," but say to the poor man, "you stand there" or "sit on the floor by my feet," 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? (NIV)

Eph. 2:14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. (NIV)

Lev. 19:4 Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the LORD. (NIV)

Lev. 19:32 Before the hoary head thou shalt rise up, and shalt honour the face of an old man; and thou shalt fear thy God: I am Jehovah. (NIV)

Jan

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