Prejudice can be defined as “unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding an ethnic, racial, social, or religious group.”
A few things about prejudice are worth mentioning: First, no particular race, or ethnic group, has a monopoly on being prejudice. It is possible for someone from any race, country or ethnic group to be prejudice. Second, prejudice does not always involve race. It is often the case that one person is prejudiced toward another because of his (or her) race. But a person may be prejudiced toward another person because of his education, or lack thereof. Someone may be prejudiced toward others because of their financial status, or lack thereof. Other causes of prejudice may be a person’s appearance or prejudice toward another person simply because of where they come from. Prejudice can take on many forms! Third, prejudice toward others is always a sin. James wrote, “But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.” (James 2:9) Fourth, sadly prejudice often exists among those who profess to follow Christ!
We all realize the problem exists. The question all of us should be asking is, “What’s the solution? How can the problem of prejudice be corrected?” A number of answers have been proposed – rallies and protests, police reform, income equality, free college for everyone, reparations toward those who have been wronged, etc.
None of these things will eliminate the problem of prejudice! The problem of prejudice is a problem of the heart. Prejudice will never go away until men’s hearts are changed. The problem of prejudice will never be remedied until men recognize God as their Creator and Jesus Christ as their Savior.
The problem of prejudice will never be remedied until men strive to do God’s will and follow Christ’s example for living. Can you imagine the good that could be realized if everyone of us took to heart Paul’s admonition to Timothy – “I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.” (I Timothy 5:21)