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10/30/2014

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Dangerous Prejudices


"Teacher," they said, "we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren't swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are" (Matt.22:16).

Even those who hated Jesus and were trying to trap Him into a major gaffe, had to make consessions to Him. In today's verse they are about to ask whether it was right to pay taxes to Caesar or not. I understand that a more literal translation of the Greek in this passage makes it read; "For you do not look at the face of man..." In today's world, race, nationality, language, skin color, wealth, or occupation can become formidable barriers to prejudge people. Jesus accepted all people for who they were: tax collectors or fishermen, kings or outcasts, landlords or day laborers, a Samaritan woman at a well, or a woman caught in adultery... In Lk.9:51-56, as Jesus was traveling towards Jerusalem, He was not accepted in a Samaritan village. James and John, perhaps smitten with their new found power said: "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?" The Jews hated the Samaritans, and their rejection of Jesus raised up their old prejudices... These prejudices were ingrained into ancient Jewish life as they are in the modern American experience, but Jesus refused to assess a person by their pedigree, stature, or accent. They would just move on to the next village... I won't go into detail, but the perception of the Samaritans by the Jews went back a long, long way, and they tended to despise them as dirty, ignorant half-breeds... Jesus refused to countenance the old Jewish prejudices that were reserved for the Samaritans, just because they were Samaritans... Because someone does not speak our language very well, does not mean that they are intellectually or spiritually inferior to us... They have the same souls and spiritual needs as we do. All of this led an expert of the law to ask: "And who is my neighbor?" (Lk.10:28) Lets look at this for the next day or two...

Have a wonderful day... Go about doing good... Love mark Phil.4:11

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