The Tragedy of Prejudice…

Missionary James E. McEldowney writes of meeting Mahatma Gandhi in Sevagram, India, a few years before his assassination: “We sat with him on the floor in his little house. We felt very humble in the presence of such a great man. We asked him many questions about the future of India and as he replied we could see he had great plans for the country. Then we were surprised when he said, ‘I have a great respect for Christianity. I often read the Sermon on the Mount and have gained much from it. I know of no one who has done more for humanity than Jesus. In fact, there is nothing wrong with Christianity, but the trouble is with you Christians. You do not begin to live up to your own teachings.’”

Gandhi spoke from firsthand experience, as he had seen atrocious racism in South Africa. For instance, when Evangelist C. F. Andrews came to speak there, Gandhi attempted to go hear him—and was barred from the building because of his skin color. Regarding this incident, E. Stanley Jones commented, “Racialism has had many sins to bear, but perhaps the worst sin was the obscuring of Christ in an hour when one of the greatest souls born of a woman was making his decision.”

“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” -Proverbs 18:2

The Prejudiced Personality

Some characteristics are being…

  • Extremely rigid
  • Highly structured
  • Fearful of change
  • Authoritative
  • Self-righteous
  • Controlling
  • Mistrustful
  • Cynical
  • Closed-minded
  • Legalistic

“We ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.” -Titus 3:3

Key Verse to Memorize

“He himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.” -Ephesians 2:14

Key Passage to Read and Reread

2 Corinthians 5:16–19

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