The word “prejudice” can literally be broken down into “pre-” and “judgment.” Aptly, much of prejudice stems from our pre-judging other people’s habits, customs, clothes, ways of speaking, and values. We often do this with no basis for the judgment other than the fact that they (the customs, values, food, etc) are different from our own.
– Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton
May I, too, celebrate the gospel wherever it rises. None of us will get all this right; better to herald the common places and extend the benefit of the doubt. God’s fingerprint is everywhere; none of us own the rights to His endorsement. If a believer on the opposite end of the ideological spectrum says something good and true, may I say without hesitation, “Amen.” I’m often afraid to identify with certain people lest I be labeled with their brand, but that is foolishness. The gospel is always beautiful, and I am not in singular possession of its power. That is so arrogant. May I bend my knee to Jesus wherever and in whomever He reigns. – Jen Hatmaker, Wherever It Rises
The tale of Jonah is not about what happened when a particular prophet was swallowed by a whale; it is about what happens to any man or woman who is swallowed by narrow nationalistic, ethnic, religious or racial pride. It is a story about jingoism–an unhealthy love of nation or race that turns in on itself and become sick and destructive…in stark contrast to the universal, inclusive love of God.
– Jim Harnish, God Isn’t Finished With Us Yet
Today many would say that Christians have become major purveyors of exclusion, guilt, and shame for too many of its own people, and surely for the other religions, instead of absorbing shame, healing guilt, and living in solidarity with human suffering as Jesus did so clearly on the cross. No wonder so many no longer take us seriously. We are so unlike Jesus and the God he loved. Jesus was totally inclusive in his entire public life, and yet we created an exclusionary religion in his name. It makes no sense.
– Richard Rohr
Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
If you judge people you have no time to love them. – Mother Teresa
Judgements prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.
– Wayne Dyer
I’m at the point in my life where I don’t want to be a part of fundamentalism of the left or the right, mostly because it lacks two things that I can’t do without in my life anymore — which is joy and humility.- Nadia Bolz-Weber
Whether true or false, what is said about men often has as much influence on their lives, and particularly on their destinies, as what they do. – Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
Throughout my life, I have tried to live my mother’s mantra: Do not take on another’s hatred. What wonderful wisdom! Like her, I have found that the best way to change a person’s prejudice is to model a Christlike life. Only then are we able to rise above bitterness, anger, and revenge. After all, God is the Creator of us all, no matter the color of our skin. – Lucimarian Roberts, My Story, My Song
When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others, I can see them as teachers of forgiveness in my life, reminding me that I can only have peace of mind when I forgive rather than judge.- Gerald Jampolsky
Romans 14:10-13 (NRSV)
Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.” So then, each of us will be accountable to God. Let us therefore no longer pass judgment on one another, but resolve instead never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of another.
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