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Bias and Partiality

One of my fellow Youth Leaders was teaching about being biased and being partial with people. A better way of putting it can be showing preferential treatment towards people for stupid reasons.

James 2:2-4

2For example, a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and a poor man dressed in dirty clothes also comes in. 3If you look with favor on the man wearing the fine clothes and say, “Sit here in a good place,” and yet you say to the poor man, “Stand over there,” or, “Sit here on the floor by my footstool,” 4haven’t you discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

This is what I want to talk about. We are more likely to buy a man lunch who seems to be doing well then to buy lunch for a homeless man. We tend to want to treat people who dress well better than those who wear even just regular clothing. As Christians we should treat all people the same instead of trying to be best friends with only the wealthy and good looking.

A lot of the treatment we give others is subconscious. We do not have a lot of control over it but that is only because we never really had any reason to change it or pay attention to it. It is important for us to start to pay attention to how we treat people, we can end up accidentally show a very ugly side of us just because of how someone talks or dresses.

Another point of interest is accents and speech. We often treat people with heavy southern accents or those who use a lot of slang words as though they are stupid, redneck, or even gangsters. We jump to conclusions instead of trying to find out who the person is. If we try and stay conscious of how we treat people we may have better success in showing Christ in our lives and not acting like those in the world.

Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below. Thank you for reading and God Bless.


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