TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, August 26, 2020:
An opinion, often unfavorable; formed without adequate reasons; bias; unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes; partiality; favoritism.
And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Prejudice is a serious problem in our world today. Prejudice can be based on race, on the color of one’s skin, one’s culture, on one’s social standing, on one’s financial status, talent or treasures of others, on education, on religious belief and any of a number of other things that sets one person apart from another.
God’s Word has made it clear that prejudice of any kind is not acceptable. Prejudice grows out of pride and causes people to look down on others they consider inferior to themselves.
In the verse above we are reminded that all men and women today are created equal in God’s sight since all came from one man -- Adam. This teaching was a real blow to the national pride of the Greeks, who believed that all non-Greeks were barbarians.
Likewise, the Jews thought they were superior to others. In Bible times the Jews despised the Samaritans. The Samaritans were the mixed race that came from Jewish and pagan mixed marriages during the years of captivity after the Assyrians invaded Israel. The Samaritans were considered unclean by the Jews. The Jews were so prejudiced toward the Samaritans that they, the Jews, would go miles out of their way to avoid going through Samaria.
Jesus was not like the Jews of that day even though He was a Jew. In John 4:3-4 we read that Jesus left Judea after observing the Passover in Jerusalem and went back once more to Galilee and had to go through Samaria. The Jews would not walk through Samaria but Jesus did. While at a well in Samaria Jesus met a Samarian woman of low reputation and gave her the gift of Salvation. No Jewish man would ever have spoken to her, but Jesus did.
The Greeks and the Jews had a very hard time accepting this message of our Lord because of their pride and prejudice.
In the verse (above) the writer of Acts says, “Having determined their appointed times and their boundaries of their dwellings.” God’s sovereignty determines when and where we are born and thus who we are. In God’s sight, we are all equal.
We live a life of obedience if we are a true child of God. Jesus commanded us to love one another. Prejudice destroys love and love destroys prejudice. In James 2:1-6 it is written that there must be no partiality, no prejudice in a believer’s life. If a person is prejudiced against another person for any reason, he or she is not a true follower of Jesus. As believer’s we are to love one another.
Jesus died on the cross for all because God so loved all of us (the world), that He gave His only Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
We cause real sorrow to others when we dishonor and debase others through prejudice or bigotry. Every human being is created in the image of God and worthy of honor and loved by God. When by our own prejudice we demean someone, we will wound another human being at the deepest level. We are all of the same family, the family of God. God expects us, as His children, to be treasured and cherished by one another. He desires us to show respect to all people because everyone was created by God in His very image.
The sad fact about prejudice is that it is usually passed from parent to child. Children learn from their parents. As believers, parents have the responsibility to make sure they do not have prejudice against others. If they do, they can be sure their children will pick up on it.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Acts 20:21.
I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.
Continue to remind me daily that all of Your creations are rare treasures but You created man (and women) in Your very own image. Thank You for creating me in Your image and help me to be obedient to You and to always show respect, honor, and love without prejudice.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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