Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Bigotry - WHY?
Today’s Bible Reading: Genesis 42-43, Psalm 5, Luke 17
Topic: God's Love
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 43:32
"So they (the Egyptian servants) set him (Joseph) a place by himself, and them (Joseph's brothers) by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves; because the Egyptians could not eat food with the Hebrews, for that is an abomination to the Egyptians." (Gen 42:32 NKJV)
What is it within mankind that constantly wants to exalt himself and his tribe or culture or ethnicity above others? The Egyptians thought they were "above" eating with Hebrews. The Hebrews felt they were "above" association with Gentiles. The Greeks, the Romans and others believed they were superior to other peoples. By race or social status or religion or gender or nationality or, or, or…, bigotry permeates the entire history of mankind it seems.
My patience and understanding extends far and to divers types of men and women. But I have no understanding of, nor give any place for, bigotry. God loves all men and women - period!! Therefore, so must I and so do I!
Father, I pray against the spirit of bigotry and prejudice, especially in Your Church. May we see and love all men and women as You do.
Through Christ. Amen. -AP