James 2:1, 9
1 My brothers and sisters, do not show prejudice if you possess faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. But if you show prejudice, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as violators.
With the current climate astir with racial accusations, the circumstances surrounding Jesus’ entrance to this world filled my mind. Christ confused those Who thought He would come to just a certain race in just a certain way. Jesus is not a snob. No, He came as a poor infant Jew to Galilee and Nazareth and confounded the supposed wisdom of this world. He gave value and spoke with women, even letting them discover His resurrection first. He demonstrated compassion to those of a different race and treated all as equals.
So many prejudices exist and have since the world began. Gender, age, financial status, education, color of skin, culture, anything that can define one as unique can also be fodder for bias. Not so with God. He loves how each one of us is different, and it is beautiful in His eyes. Christ came to abolish our sickening racism, prejudice and preferences and show us what it means to truly love unconditionally. His unbiased acceptance is absolutely amazing when we consider He had every right to look down on us.
Ethnic purity is not a new term. The Samaritans were persecuted for not being a pure race, yet Jesus viewed them no differently than any other race or people. It is, in fact, laughable and ridiculous that we should view any race as superior to another when we all consider that we came from Adam.
Why are we still so ignorant? We should be able to learn from the atrocities that history has to offer, but instead we reinvent the insipid racism in a new fashion and repeat the same sins as our predecessors. Perhaps it is insecurity – each person, each family, each race wants to be the best? In reality, we are all chief of sinners, in need of a desperate Savior. Or it could be jealousy. God did choose the Jewish people as His own, but then He shared this salvation with all.
If we are honest, we will admit we have all had moments of prejudice in some fashion; pride in which we thought we were better than another. There is still hope. We can turn the tide where we live. Jesus came to set us free from discrimination, too. May we look to the infant Savior this Christmas and how He grew in wisdom, always demonstrating loving kindness to all. The irony is that Christ was sometimes the hardest on the Pharisees – may we not think to highly of ourselves, our denomination, our color, our culture, or anything else that is a part of who we are – and simply accept others as we were accepted.
LORD, thank You for accepting all Who would call on Your Name for Salvation. Help us, God, to stop labeling and judging one another and to love as You did.