How does God look at all people? Is there justice in our attitudes and relationships? The prophet, Micah, cried out, ôHe has shown you, O man what is good; and what does the lord require of youů but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?ö To do justly is to have Godĺs attitude and to see all people as He does. It seems that justice is one of Godĺs requirements.
Prejudice is a destroyer of truth. If our responses and attitudes are formed from a source of anything less than absolute truth, we simply have to admit that we have prejudiced opinions. It is a lie deeply hidden in our personalities. It prevents true communication, because it involves presumption. Prejudice is an opinion or decision of mind formed without due examination of the facts or arguments which are necessary to a just and impartial determination. It is pre-judging. Where is its source? Many do not even know the source. It can come from years of believing a lie or exaggerated truth. Children are so easily influenced during their formative years. If parents or others in their environment have prejudiced attitudes, the child will be affected. Prejudice is contagious. Many groupings are no more than a gathering of people with mutual prejudices. Unity and growth can be easily produced in such a group, but it is an unhealthy development. Bitterness is the motivating force behind it all. The group is ah association of bitter people held together by common prejudices.
There are many different kinds of prejudices. When you see the word, ôprejudice,ö do you immediately think of racism? Racial prejudice is very real and it is probably the easiest kind to recognize. The war between the races did not begin in the United States. In fact we go to 1400 B.C. and from the book of numbers 12:1, ôThen Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman.ö (NKJ) It would seem that they had certain attitudes about the Ethiopians and felt that she was just like the label they had put on the whole group. Would not that be unfair to her? Is that justice? The racial prejudice continued to separate real association between the Jews and the Gentiles, the Jews and the Samaritans, and was an element of dissension in the New Testament Church. Right in our generation, I remember signs on the back of the bus that read, colored passengers take rear seats. There were two water fountains: White and Colored. There were three restrooms: Men, Women, Colored. The whites had a name for the blacks and the blacks had a name for the whites. Do you think that minority groups take the injustice of their oppressors without reaction? There is deep rooted prejudice among many people on each ôsideö. I was well acquainted with the feelings between blacks and whites, but was shocked at what I learned on my first trip to Mexico. We were spending the night at a border...