Webster defines “prejudice” as judgments or opinion formed before the facts are known and with disregard for facts. “The Devil’s Dictionary 1911 Edition adds, “Prejudice is a vagrant opinion without visible means of support.” Prejudgment, or prejudice, is the cause of many of today’s problems; and prejudice is usually learned. It is not genetic; but like most of what we learn in early childhood, prejudice is acquired from the precepts and practice of family and close acquaintances.


Webster defines “prejudice” as judgments or opinion formed before the facts are known and with disregard for facts. “The Devil’s Dictionary 1911 Edition adds, “Prejudice is a vagrant opinion without visible means of support.” Prejudgment, or prejudice, is the cause of many of today’s problems; and prejudice is usually learned. It is not genetic; but like most of what we learn in early childhood, prejudice is acquired from the precepts and practice of family and close acquaintances.
Racial prejudice is a learned judgment based on rumors, innuendo, long time acceptance of opinions, traditions and practices not based on facts and outright lies. By the way, no particular ethnic group has a monopoly on racial prejudice; and it’s just as hurtful and sinful when practiced by white, black, red, or yellow people. Ultimately, the practice of prejudice by any group is a sin against God. Jesus said, “As often as you do it to one of these my brethren, you did it to me,” (Matthew 25:40, ­­45). “God is no respecter of persons,” (Romans 2:11), (Ephesians 6:9), (Colossians 3:25). “We are all made of one blood,” (Acts 17:26). In God’s sight, “there is neither bond or free, male or female,” (Galatians 3:28). We are all made in the spiritual image of God, (Genesis 1:27). The God who made us all has reserved the task of judgment of each one of us for Himself, and his judgments are made with full knowledge of all the facts.
But prejudice is not confined to the various ethnic groups. Individuals in the many religious groups often harbor prejudice against different religion’s members. Doctrinal beliefs differ, and each has a right to believe theirs to be the true way; but disagreement does not justify ill will, hatred, and infringement upon other’s rights to their own beliefs. Forced adherence is never justified! Dialogue and understanding coupled with “as you would have others to do unto you, do you likewise unto them” is the answer, (Matthew 7:12).
Whether it be racial, gender (if I was a woman and had to believe that God made me as inferior to men as some husbands, bosses, pastors and males in general imply, I would hate God, (Galatians 3:28), whether it be religious, economical (poor against rich and rich against poor), ethnic, prejudgment is wrong! There is one sure answer to the problem. It’s to be found in Christ’s answer to the question as to the greatest commandment; “Love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind, and love one’s neighbor as one’s self,” (Luke 10:25­37). But for us to solve the widespread problems caused by prejudices, each individual must examine himself, acknowledge and confess any prejudices found; repent or change his or her thoughts and actions; and let the Holy Spirit make you more like Jesus! For what it’s worth, one is never too old to rid oneself of prejudice!

You may contact E. J. Bradshaw at 337-238-0440; Email: bradshawej@bellsouth.net.