OUTgoing or INhibitive

     People are so apt to put labels on each other, to categorize without really thinking. Then, they apply them to family, friends, and especially to strangers. Constantly repeated negative language about these people leads to serious discrimination and treating people badly based on group prejudices.

     “The waiters served Joseph at his own table, and his brothers were served at a separate table. The Egyptians who ate with Joseph sat at their own table, because Egyptians despise Hebrews and refuse to eat with them.” (Gen. 43:32, NLT)

     “John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he wasn’t in our group.”” (Mk. 9:38)        

     “The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”” (Jn 4:9)            

     “Peter told them, “You know it’s against our laws for a Jewish man to enter a Gentile home. But God has shown me that I should no longer think of anyone as impure or unclean.” (Acts 10:28)

     “Then Peter replied, “I see clearly that God shows no favoritism. In every nation He accepts those who fear him and do what is right.” (Acts 10:34–35)

     “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal 3:28)

     Showing favoritism, prejudice, bias, and bigotry will breed jealousy and hatred. Impartiality, affability, and “good Samaritanism” will breed friendship and respect.

-John Driggers (1/22/2024, V6 #4)

Why do we put labels on each other? Sometimes without really thinking about it? The negativity leads to group prejudices. Should we do that? Click to find out.

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