by Andrew McQuitty

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How to Move Past Your Prejudices (18 of 20)
E. Andrew McQuitty
Acts 10:1-11:18

Everyone agrees: Colin Ferguson is a sicko. But so are the rest of us if we don't shout down the racebaiters and build a moral grammar that lets us distinguish good people from bad people on the basis of what they do and not the color of their skin (Tony Snow).

I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him (Peter, Acts 10.34-35).


Introduction: God wants us to move past our prejudices by realizing three truths:

A man just assumes that it's the long-haired youth who's the delinquent (drama). That may be a common, even reasonable assumption. Just one problem. It's wrong. Yet another misunderstanding arising from hidden, even subconscious, prejudice. Prejudice--a preconceived decision to reject a whole class of people because they're different. It has many forms. Racism is prejudice based on skin color differences. Snobbery is prejudice based on social differences.

Ethnocentrism is prejudice based on cultural differences. Elitism is prejudice based on educational differences. Phariseeism is prejudice based on religious differences. Mankind has identified many ways to express prejudice, and in so doing has fallen into Satan's trap. God's purpose for people is unity and community, while Satan's purpose is division and isolation. God's purpose is to bring people together, as Paul writes in Ephesians 2.11-14: Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles. . . were. . . excluded from citizenship in Israel and. . . without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility. . . .

But if ...

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