Summary: This message deals with a subject that is often controversial, prejudice. As Christ followers we are to demonstrate love to all without exception.

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*************************************************************************************Getting Through the Tough Stuff


James 2:1-4

Tomorrow we as a country recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Day. King had a dream that was grounded in the Word of God that all people and ethnic groups would be treated equally.

Today I want to talk about a subject that is often controversial – prejudice.

There are all kinds of prejudices:

Gender prejudices

Political prejudices

Socio economic prejudices

Race prejudices

Religious prejudices

The dictionary defines prejudice: a noun. 1. An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge or examination of the facts. 2. Irrational suspicion or hatred of a particular group, race, or religion (class or culture).

Prejudice goes beyond disagreeing with the views of others. Prejudice often progresses into hatred, bitterness and violence. Prejudice can flow both ways. As Christ followers we are to demonstrate love to all without exception.

Dr. Charles Swindall’s book, “Getting Through the Tough Stuff”, was used as the theme for this message. There are Biblical truths to help us get through the tough stuff of prejudice. This morning I want to suggest three truths to help us live a life free of prejudice.

I. Practice the Golden Rule

The first truth is the principle of love found in Luke 6:31. It is a basic rule to help us live beyond prejudice and to love and treat others as we would have others treat us. “Do for others as you would like them to do for you.”

We are not to treat anyone as “Second Class Citizens.” James 2:1-4: We are not to look down on people with limited financial means. The Body of Christ is to reach out in love and compassion to all who are in need. We are not to enable people who refuse to work with handouts, but for people in legitimate need we are to show compassion. We are not to show favoritism to the wealthy. All are to be treated fairly in the Body of Christ. The Cross of Jesus is a great leveler – rich or poor, all are equal and welcome in His sight.

In Luke 10 an expert in religious law asked Jesus what he needed to do to receive eternal life. Jesus asked the man a question: “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?

The man answered: “’You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:25-27

Jesus told the man he was right and then added, “Do this and you will live.” “The man wanted to justify his actions so he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor.’” He was hoping that Jesus would tell him than he was to love his fellow Jew, but Jesus gave a different answer by telling the story of the Good Samaritan.

Luke 10:30-37 Jesus said that a Jewish Priest and the Levite, a Temple associate, didn’t want to contaminate their religious life by helping a Jewish man who had been robbed and left bleeding by side of the road. They prejudged the man as not worthy of their help. It was a despised Samaritan who came to the aid of the wounded Jew.

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