I just watched an excellent hour-long
teaching about Prejudice by Patricia Bootsma on the Israel Virtual
House of Prayer Zoom meeting.
She Addressed prejudices and the
resulting discriminations and divisions based on race, ethnicity,
ability, and whether a person is born or not yet born.
In this page I just wanted to comment
on thoughts which this presentation sparked in me.
First of all, it seems to me that prejudice is an attitude of
expectations of another creature or group of creatures based on true or
imagined traits. My impression is that it is a trait of fallen
mankind caused by separation from God and the resulting insecurities
for which we humans tend to compensate with pride and control and
Second, we know from the Scriptures that
Gal_3:28 There is neither Jew
nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor
female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Pro_22:2 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker
of them all.
Mat 23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even
Christ; and all ye are brethren.
Mat 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is
your Father, which is in heaven.
Mat 23:10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master,
But we see in the world and in the body of Christ these
divisions. Why is that??
The apostle Paul says that it is because of 'carnality'. 1Co 3:1-3 And, I, brethren, was not
able to speak to you as to those who are spiritual, but as to those who
are carnal—even as to babes in Christ. I gave you milk to
drink, and not meat; for you were not yet able to receive spiritual
meat; and neither are you able now, for you are still carnal. For
since envy and contention and divisions are among you, are you not
carnal? And are you not walking according to human ways?
Interestingly Paul does not then give the remedy for
'carnality'!! Apparently the Holy Spirit tests us to see
whether we will search out the answers to these vital and fundamental
questions in the rest of Scriptures and from the Lord Himself Who alone
is our Teacher.
For what it's worth, I have come to the conclusion that we are divided
because we fail to obey our Lord Jesus, who gave us this choice:
Luke 9:23-24 Then He said to
all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and let
him take up his cross daily, and let him follow Me; For
whoever desires to save his life shall lose it; but whoever will lose
his life for My sake shall save it.
This choice is expressed differently in another key
passage: (EMTV) and He
died for all, so that they who live should live no longer for
themselves, but for the One who died for them and rose again.
So, how does one make this choice in a practical way?? Paul the
apostle gave us his practice as such an example: Gal_6:14 But God forbid that I should
glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom the world is
crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Finally, there is a division in the body of Christ which is ripe for
destruction. It is the division between 'clergy' and
'laity'. The Old Testament was written on tablets of stone
because the people of God failed to come up to the mountain top with
Moses to get to know God, but they were content to let Moses meet with
God and to tell them what He said. As a result God gave them a
split leadership of Moses as leader and Aaron as high priest. God tried
to maintain some personal contact with His chosen people by
tabernacling among them, but they eventually built an unordained temple
to replace the God-ordained Tabernacle of Meeting.
This all became obsolete when Jesus died and rose again, and the Holy
Spirit was poured out to dwell in those who believed in Jesus and who
chose to receive the Holy Spirit and
to crucify the flesh daily. That was intended to reverse
the division between 'leadership' and 'non-leaders' in fulfillment of
Jesus offered choice to be His followers, who are 'all brothers'.
But the enemy immediately intervened through the open gate of pride in
the original disciples' hearts, and the clergy/laity division was
perpetuated. Paul the apostle, being not only of Jewish
background but also a 'Pharisee of Pharisees' inadvertently helped to
perpetuate this division in his writings. Only Jesus was always
I was personally made aware of the fact that God can use anyone as His
vessel to deliver His words and works to us. As a young Christian
I was struggling to understand the spiritual effect of water
baptism. One day my four year old son asked me, "Daddy, who is
Naaman?" I looked at him with great surprise and said, "Where is
your hear about Naaman?" "I don't know" was the answer. So
I looked up Naaman in the Bible, and found his story in 2 Kings,
chapter 5. It was a great help in understanding what water
baptism accomplishes in a believer's life. My son was certainly
unlearned and untaught, but God chose him to pass on a vital bit of
information to me. And I realized that God can use anyone,
including donkeys, to connect with us. Sometimes He uses
handwriting on a wall.....
But now I believe that the time has come for God to sweep away the
carnality from our lives so that we can truly become one with Him and
our Lord Jesus, resulting in true unity between the members of the Body
More later, if the Lord wills.