23rd October 2021

Facing our prejudices

“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?”
John 1:46 (NIV)

Although I love the town in which I live, it is a place that would generally be termed ‘deprived’. Thus, when I attend community events in neighbouring towns I am sometimes viewed with disdain, or written off, simply because of where I come from.

Jesus experienced exactly the same thing. Being from an area that was looked down upon, people immediately thought he had nothing to offer them. Nathaniel could not believe that anything good could come from Nazareth, and initially only saw Jesus through this lens. Jesus was opposed to this type of discrimination and later said, “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” (John 7:24).

As a white man in Western society, I can’t begin to imagine what others have had to suffer because of the prejudice of people like me. For all of us who have not been discriminated against because of things such as our race, gender, age, or disabilities, let’s remember the words of Jesus and treat all people as beloved children of God: ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…’ (John 3:16). He did not come just for a privileged few, but for everyone.

In a world of discrimination let’s remember the words of God: “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7). While it may be easy to make a judgement based on an outward appearance, let’s endeavour, with the help of God, to have the attitude that Nathaniel did. After his first encounter with Jesus, he put his prejudices aside and exclaimed, “…you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.” (John 1:49). We should see people as they really are and not make judgements based on any outward appearance. Let’s repent of any discriminatory thoughts we may have and treat all people as beloved children of God.

Prayer
Dear Lord, I repent of any prejudice I have shown in the past. Please help me to see all people as you see them, to affirm their God-given identities, and to delight in the diversity you created. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study by Anthony Dady

 

About the writer:
Anthony Dady is a Minister in Grace Communion International and is the Regional Pastor for Wales, the Midlands, and Northern England.

Local congregation:
GCI Northampton
Ecton Village Hall
78A High Street
Ecton
Northampton
NN6 0QB

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local congregational contact:
Gavin Henderson
Email: gavin.henderson@gracecom.church

Word of Life contact:
wordoflife@gracecom.church