There is a demon we like to deliberately ignore, because staring it in the eye raises so many uncomfortable questions inside. That demon is prejudice.
Ask yourself, how prejudiced are you, even to the extent of hiding behind your Christianity to perpetuate it?
I know deeply-God-fearing parents who would never consent to having in-laws from another tribe aother than their own. I have seen the disdain with which Christians refer to people they deem to be more sinful or disgusting than themselves too disgusting for even prayers. They can only be damned to hell fire.
Sin is sin. Be careful that your prejudice does not land you in a tricky spiritual spot. Galatians 3:28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Think of some of the worst cruelties meted out on human beings by fellow human beings in this world – from slavery in the USA to apartheid in South Africa – Christians used the Bible to treat their brethren as less than human.
Similarly, you could be justifying your quite discriminatory views based on race, tribe, ethnicity, gender, etc, while at the same time professing God and His word like a daily mantra. You may benefit from studying that Bible more closely.
Then, you will see that in John 3:16, God gave the world His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. Remember that all human beings are created in the image of God and that our God is no respecter of persons.
As you engage in meaningless debates about this tribe’s “appalling ways” or the other person’s “less-than-desirable” looks, check the depth and truth of your Christianity.
Prejudice causes otherwise calm people’s countenances to change, and when you hear them spewing hatred, you would have to check twice to be sure it is the same person from the church pews. A holier-than-thou attitude and clear-cut prejudices are going to lock many of us from our desired destiny. Good enough, the Holy Spirit can guide us on a path of change if we open our hearts.
Source : The Observer