Stereotypes, Prejudices, & Bullying: how we can stop them by doing one thing

Stereotypes…

Prejudices…

Bullying…

What do they all have in common?

Judgement.

When we stereotype a person and put them in a “category,” we judge them.

When we show prejudice toward a person and treat them differently, we judge them.

When we bully a person and make them feel small, we judge them.

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Judging others is nothing new, we’ve just gotten better at it.

The rise of social media and technology has made it easy to “throw stones” from a distance.

We can hide behind our screens.

We can post, tweet, & snapchat anything our stereotypes and prejudices desire.

We can judge others all over the world from the comfort of our own homes.

And, we wonder why we see more brokenness, more anger, more unrest, more violence in our world…

It’s time to do some major surgery on ourselves before we choose to cut another person open with our words.

It’s time to put an end to the stereotypes and prejudices that we’ve grown comfortable with and stop judging others.

It’s time to look in the mirror and see the plank…

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“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?”  (Jesus in Matthew 7)

 

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