PREJUDICE

HOW TO BE A BARRIER BREAKER

KEYS FOR LIVING - PREJUDICE

HOW TO BE A BARRIER BREAKER

“Many people tailor their religion to fit the pattern of their prejudice.” —E. C. McKenzie 

What Is Prejudice?  

Prejudice is a preconceived opinion, usually unfavorable, formed without sufficient knowledge or just grounds. It is an irrational attitude based on an overgeneralized belief and is directed toward an individual, group or race. Prejudice is the illegitimate offspring of ignorance and/or arrogance. Prejudice is a mental slant that comes from your culture and makes up your mind before you think. Prejudice is a mental blind spot that shuts you off from viewing the facts in a given situation. Prejudice is a psychological fence that keeps you from healthy friendships and confines you to your own “backyard.” 

“Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.”

(Proverbs 18:2) 

  • The word prejudice comes from the Latin word praejudicium, which means to “prejudge” (prae, “before”; judicium, “judgment”).
  • Prejudice is a preconceived opinion, usually unfavorable, formed without sufficient knowledge or just grounds.
  • Prejudice is an irrational attitude based on an overgeneralized belief and is directed toward an individual, group or race.
  • Prejudice is the illegitimate offspring of ignorance and/or arrogance.
  • Prejudice is a mental slant that comes from your culture and makes up your mind before you think.
  • Prejudice is amental blind spot that shuts you off from viewing the facts in a given situation.
  • Prejudice is a psychological fence that keeps you from healthy friendships and confines you to your own “back yard.”

“A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.”

Proverbs 18:2 

What Are Synonyms for Prejudice?

  • Bigotry—intolerant attitudes or actions directed toward anyone or anything that differs from your own opinion
  • Discrimination—a prejudicial attitude expressed in an unfavorable action or treatment directed toward a specific category of people

“Have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?” 

James 2:4

Anger and hatred are two emotions that are often confused. Anger generally is a response to behavior, while hatred is a response to persons. Prejudice is a form of hatred focusing on the personhood rather than on the behavior of an individual. 

Hatred manifested in prejudice … 

  • does not concern itself with what a person does, but with who the person is as a member of a particular class or group 
  • is characterized by an attitude of indifference toward the pain or pleasure of the targeted group or member
  • desires the extinction or annihilation of the class toward which the prejudice is directed

What Are Some Categories of Prejudice? 

There are four levels of identity: 

  • Human identity—being like all otherpeople
  • Group identity—being like some other people
  • Individual identity—being like no other person
  • Christian identity—being like Jesus Christ (in attitude and action)

We tend to characterize people on the basis of observed differences that place them in certain classes or groups. These characterizations tend to produce unfounded, hostile attitudes toward others based on…

  • race
  • appearance
  • occupation
  • education
  • age
  • gender
  • intelligence
  • personal habits
  • social class
  • nationality
  • region
  • group membership
  • religion
  • income
  • disability
  • marital status

“But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.” 

James 2:9

 

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Grace Filled Words:

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Galatians 3:28

“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.”

Titus 3:3

“He himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.”

Ephesians 2:14

Additional Scriptures: 

2 Corinthians 5:16–19

1 Peter 3:8

Matthew 7:1

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