Friday, May 11, 2012

Do not Judge and You will not be Judged

The world is a melting pot of colours, cultures, religions and personalities. As much as we love peace and harmony, there are bound to be conflicts between countries, races and clash of characters. Since centuries ago, skin colour has always been an issue whether we like it or not.

How many of us look at one man's race and has a quick generalization on his character? How many of us make racist jokes and intentionally try to bring down another man because of his race? How many of us look down on another person because of where she or he comes from? How many of us stay away from someone who perhaps are different from us?

We are all guilty at one or more points in our life to stereotypically judge a person because of their race or country and etc. It is not a new thing. Since ancient times, Jews do not mix with Samaritans because they were considered unclean. The story follows till today.

Do you ever think why God made men and women of all colours? If He made them all, don't you think He would love them all just the same? Why must we discriminate and belittle our brothers and sisters just because our skin looks different or we have different levels of education?

It says here in:1 Samuel 16:7 

But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

I read this in 'The Traveler's Gift'. I shall recap it in my own words.

"A father and a child was looking at the sky. A hundred helium balloons of different colours floated up into the sky. The child asked the father,"Which colour balloon will go the highest?" The father answered," It's not the colour of the balloon that's important. It's what inside that makes all the difference."
The child had some serious thoughts about that statement and told the father," It does not matter whether any races or gender has bearing on what one can become. Greatness does not care if one is a girl or a boy. In fact, it is what's inside us that makes all the difference, then the difference is made when we choose what goes on inside."

Are we that shallow to judge someone based on skin colour, gender, status, income like how the marketing experts would do?
The next time we see a person that is different than us, let's get to know that person first. Who knows we might be pleasantly surprised :)

Luke 6:37 "Do not judge, and you will not be judged.

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