Frankly Speaking ........Now!
Discovering Prejudice

 

       What Difference Are You
                    Talking About?

One particular comes to mind that really opened my understanding to how we learn to respond to the differences in each other.  Donna, like many of us in our age group, went to kindergarten at an early age.  Being in her 50’s, she didn’t have a lot of day care, nurseries or pre-kindergarten classes, so this would be one of her first experiences of being around other kids and learning from her peer group.

On one particular day, there was a loud cry of warning from one of the little kindergarten boys, “There’s a Jap…..there’s a Jap!” He didn’t mean Japanese American Princess, either.  Donna, being alarmed, was searching quickly in every direction.  “Where… where’s a Jap?”  The boy pointed right at the culprit!  “There she is!” he exclaimed hatefully.  Donna, in defense mode, looked the direction of the pointed finger.  To her surprise, it was her mom! 

Until that moment, she had never noticed the difference between her Japanese mom and her American dad.  They were just mommy and daddy to her and she loved them very much.  Why would someone be saying and pointing out such bad things about her mom?  It made her very sad to think something was wrong with her mom.  Something must be wrong with me too, she thought!  For the very first time, Donna had experienced what it felt like to be different and see the differences in others!

I believe this story shows that it is not natural for us to be prejudice.  We are not just born that way.  It is something taught and learned.   It is an action that we have received from our parents or we have learned it from our role models and those in our peer groups. No matter which was the cause, it is time to take action now and break this unpleasing action toward others.  God wants us to do it His way!

James 2:9
But if you treat some people better than others, you have done wrong, and the Scriptures teach that you have sinned.

 

Galatians 3:26-28
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

 

Romans 2:11
There is no partiality with God. 

 

I believe the intention of the scriptures could go on…there is no black nor white, no red nor yellow, no unimportant nor important, no rich nor poor, etc.  God treats everyone the same.  He is not a respecter of persons.  As Isaiah 64:8 says, “Yet you, Lord, are our Father.  We are the clay, you are the potter; we are ALL the work of your hand.” Although you wouldn’t like the way my feet looked, I need them to get around.  I wouldn’t want to lose my thumbs and I don’t think I would do away with my skinny legs either. I hope you understand.  Let’s strive to value each other as the workmanship of God.  He loves each of us and we are each His creation.  We have been made differently and have different purposes, but none of us is expendable! God wants us to treat everyone the same.

 

Determine to do something nice for someone you have been avoiding because they are different.  Strike up a conversation with someone who looks differently than you, whether it is in the way they dress, their color or age.  Hopefully you will discover something new or find a new friend that would have been missed by staying in the same mindset that you have been accustomed, until now.  The next time someone points to someone’s uniqueness as a flaw, you can now respond, “I just don’t see it…what difference?” Ahhhh, it feels good to be free, doesn’t it?

 

Believing the best in you,

 

-Frank-

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