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Prejudice, Pride & Prophecy

It all started in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has now spread across this country and captured the attention of the world. The mistreatment and death of a black man at the hand of a police officer sparked outrage across this nation. Calls for justice were swift and many. Protests across American cities spread like wildfire. Sadly, many peaceful protests were co-opted by anarchists bent on pillaging, destroying, and in some instances, killing. But even these haven't silenced the ongoing national conversation about race relations.

The topic of racism is front and center right now. Whether it is believed to be systemic or otherwise is beyond our discussion here. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, racism is real in this country. Talk with some of your black American friends and they will tell you their stories. Have a conversation with some of your Asian American friends and you might hear something similar. Sadly, there are some bigoted hearts in this country and it's perpetrated on people of all colors.

What is the answer to racism? What is the answer to intolerance? What is the answer to bias? It’s the same answer we find to the problems of pride, self-importance, and conceit. It’s also the same answer to the questions: How should we view one another? How should we treat one another?

When we get right down to it, it’s not just issues of race or prejudice, but if someone is railing against you, mistreating you without cause, then how are you supposed to treat him? If someone has a different religious perspective than you do, how do treat her? If someone is opposed to your political views, how do you treat him?

There is a tendency in the human heart toward bias, toward making ourselves out to be better than someone who may not have the same education as we do, or someone who may not have the same upbringing we had, or someone who may have a different home situation than we do, or even thinking less of people because of the color of their skin.

How are we supposed to treat one another?...

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Pastor Chris's devotional was taken from a message he shared with the church entitled, "Prejudice, Pride & Prophecy." To watch the full message, click here.


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