“Not by appearance shall he judge nor by hearsay shall he decide but he shall judge the poor with justice and decide aright for the land’s afflicted.” (Isaiah 11).
Judging other people at first glance and by hear saying about the person can be considered as a form of prejudice. This kind of acting towards your neighbor is incompatible with the Gospel teachings. Although prejudice has no place in the spiritual life of a follower of Jesus it as also very human. They Church wrestled with it throughout the generations and it still exists among Christians today.
The only way we can resolve this is to act according to the teachings of Jesus. In the acts of the Apostle’s it says: “God shows no partiality”. And if God shows no partiality, neither should we of course. Prejudice darkens our spiritual life. The Gospel teaches us that “the last will be first”. Those that are least valued in the world are highly valued by God. The true riches and states of someone will be revealed on “the last day”. In this time of Advent we need to examine our hearts and look what our motivations and aversions towards others are. Where did we lifted up others that are insignificant to the world? Where did we lifted up those that are significant in the eyes of God? We are all Gods children and every single one of us is important to Our Heavenly Father.
Have we loved our neighbor as ourselves? Did we loved ourselves as our neighbor as well? Have we treated others as God’s beloved sons and daughters? We live all have a broken identity and not better than anybody else. Nobody is perfect! We need to be compassionate and understanding towards the failures of others, as the Gospel teaches us. We need to ask God for His understanding and forgiveness for our own prejudice towards others. The only way we can cure prejudice is when we “not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide”, as Isaiah writes. Let us remember the words of Psalm 72: “He shall rescue the poor when he cries out, and the afflicted when he has no one to help him”. Let us create the best version of ourselves and point others to God and his kingdom. We have to treat people with the love that Christ. Let us pray that we may be blessed with wisdom and insight to act like Jesus would act. Let us always choose kindness and love, instead of prejudice and hate. In that way we will be truly children of Our Father in Heaven. Amen.