A story revealed in an article written by Joshua Rogers here captured my attention recently. This story explains what is causing such prejudice in our society today. This reason needs to be identified.
Mr. Rogers told of a time that he and his wife were at a party. He happened to be standing around, talking when he overheard a person speaking about his wife. He reveals what she said, “I tell you what,” said the woman snidely with a laugh, “she looks Mexican if you ask me!”
Mr. Rogers went on to make a note that his wife is of Puerto Rican background. He also revealed from that time on when the women would encounter his wife, Raquel, in a situation that she would either ignore her or seem uninterested in her presence.
Let me say this bluntly. This attitude is the foundation of the hate and bitterness we see in our US society. It is not only found in differing ethnic situations, but it is also practiced between members of a specific ethnicity.
People like to “play the ratings game” and make rude comments about each other. This leads to harmful situations. It leads to verbal and physical altercations. Then, havoc breaks out that leads to even murder.
So, how can we change this?
I would advocate going to the Bible to see how people are to treat other people. Let’s begin with our speech. There is one verse that is very specific as to how we are to talk about other people. It says in Ephesians 4:29, “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”
Notice the words “good”, “helpful”, and “an encouragement.” In another translation, the term “helpful” is translated “to build up.” In other words, use positive words even when you disagree. There are ways to say things that get your point across without resorting to words that offend and tear down.
The only way for us to speak like this is for God to give us His power to use our tongue in a way that builds people up or communicates the point we make in a non-offending way.
We need Him to implant His attitude toward people in our hearts so that we are not guilty of speaking in an evil, sarcastic way the woman did in Mr. Roger’s story. His attitude is conveyed to us in the following Bible verse. Galatians 3:28 states, “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” God views all people as equal before Him. So, let our perspective of people be the same!! — Dan O’ Donnell