Why is it that we often only see the “bad parts” of different people groups?
For example, if a neighborhood is predominantly a different skin color than our own, we can be quick to label that area as “unsafe” or, worse, think that the residents are not law-abiding citizens. Many people feel uncomfortable shopping at stores where the majority clientele doesn’t look like them or speak the same language, thinking that the standards must be lower. The same thing could be said for schools and even churches in neighborhoods of other cultures.
Sadly, as it pertains to the topics of race and culture, each of us comes to the table with our own fears, stigmas, and stereotypes, and the consequences are deadly. Our negative view of the other causes factions, divisions, and strife between people across ethnic and national lines. We mistrust, judge and misuse each other. We ostracize instead of accept people with different skin colors; we isolate instead of embracing different cultures; and we speak ill of the other instead of loving, appreciating, and understanding one another.
This is a far cry from God’s heart for all peoples.
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