Prejudice

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:43-48, NASB).

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth” (Matthew 6:254, NASB)

THE INCREASINGLY COMMON PRACTICE OF EXHIBITING GROUP PREJUDICE
The intense hatred and divisiveness that is commonly seen whenever checking the news or conversing through social media is harrowing. Much of it seems driven by group prejudices towards various classes and ideologies. Regardless of our race, ethnicity, gender, social class, educational background, or ideological worldview, we’re all susceptible to prejudicial thought and behavior.

None of us are immune. Continue reading

Like A Child

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:1-4, NASB).

But Jesus, knowing what they were thinking in their heart, took a child and stood him by His side, and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great” (Luke 9:47-48, NASB).

INTRODUCTION
My mother has often told me that I was born an old man. When I finally asked her for clarification, she answered, “You were a serious kid, and very aware of your surroundings.” Continue reading

The Humility of Love

Originally posted on Facebook–January, 2011

Two principal characteristics of faith-based living as a Christian are humility and love. Both humility and love are referenced frequently in Christian sermons and homilies. So too, are they common terms within society. However, the predominantly accepted definitions of these words held by the world, and those that are referenced and alluded to through scripture do not perfectly align. Trying to flush out the differences between the worldly definitions of humility and love versus the biblical counterparts would require more than one blog post. To conclusively define the biblical concept of love alone and elaborate on the differences between it and those views held by various cultures would be an exhausting endeavor on an inexhaustible topic. Continue reading

Ten Ephemeral Years: The Twenties

Originally posted on Facebook–September, 2010

Ten Years.

Ten.

Very.

Fast.

Years.

And how much has changed? More than it seems. Yet, much remains the same. My twentieth birthday doesn’t seem all that long ago. Well, that is, until I think of everything I’ve learned and experienced since that birthday. Maturity is something that I believe comes with time. Continue reading