Prejudice is Wrong
Without preferring one before another 1
Respect of persons = sin James 2:8-9
I. Types of prejudice (A study of John 4)
A. Racial - Jew vs. Samaritan (Black/White)
B. Sexual - male vs. female
C. Moral - married 5 times, living with a man
 Prostitutes, drug dealers, liars
 Homosexuals, child molestors, gossippers
 Rapists, murderers, robbers
D. Religious - Jerusalem vs. Mt. Gerazim
 Muslims vs. "Christians"
 Church of Christ vs. Baptists
 Protestants vs. Catholics - N. Ireland
 Acts 10:34-35
E. Social - Jews don't deal with Samaritains
 Wrong side of the tracks
 Not a member of the Country Club
F. Historical - Judged by past history of a nation
 Can't trust the Germans
 "Save Confederate money, South rise again."
G. Educational - Degrees vs. Common sense
 Must have Masters degree to be elder here.
 What university did you attend?
H. Economic - Rich vs. poor James 2:8-9
 Type of house, heighborhood, section of town
 Size of bank account, clothes, jewlery
 Kind of car they drive
I. Professional - Prejudge their value to society
 Lawyers are crooks
 Preachers are lazy
 Politians are liars
 Doctors vs. Chiropractors
J. Marital status
 Married - must for a preacher
 Divorced - bad news for anyone
 Single - something is wrong with them
 "Old Maid" - "Batchelor"
 Republican vs. Democrat
 Liberal vs. Conservative
II. Why do we have prejudice?
A. Sin! James 2:8-9
 Jealousy, Envy
B. Learned from parents and others
C. External is all that we see - at first.
 First impressions = lasting ones.
 Do you want to know more about this person?
III. Why is prejudice wrong?
A. All men are made in the image of God.
B. All men have a soul that is eternal.
C. All men have value and worth:
 To God
 To society
IV. How does your prejudice show?
A. Terms used Offensive to any group.
B. Expressed in actions
V. How do you overcome prejudice?
A. Force yourself to learn and love them.
B. Hate is learned. It can be unlearned.
C. Change the terms of prejudice you use.