(Acts 10:15) And a voice spoke to him again the second time, "What God has cleansed you must not call common."
Are you prejudice? Come on now, be honest. Is there a certain group of people you have a dislike for? It could be a certain race. It could be a certain type of person within your own race. It could be the lower class that offends you. It could be those up on Nob (snob) Hill. You could be irritated by people with tattoos or people who don’t have one. You could love rock and roll and can’t stand country or the other way around. It can be white collar vs. blue collar. Educated vs. uneducated. Republican vs. Democrat. Male vs. female. Denomination vs. denomination. There are so many ways to be prejudice it’s not funny.
Now we should clarify something. There is nothing wrong with diversity. Variety is the spice of life! Our culture is very diverse and we can learn to appreciate each other’s differences even though we might not value it privately. The apostle Paul said we are all part of the body of Christ yet have different functions within that body (1 Cor 12). He stressed unity in the midst of diversity. The love of Jesus is that “glue” that keeps us together. We can be “likeminded” without being “alike” (Phil 2:2). Isn’t that cool? Though something might not be my taste it doesn’t have to be a distaste or give me a distaste for the person. Praise God we are all different. No one person alike! No one way of doing something. 31 flavors is supposed to be a selling point, not a stumbling block. Let’s appreciate each other in the Lord!
We have a holiday in America called Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to remind us of the struggle of civil rights in our country. And the King of kings gave us a reminder from His Word centuries ago which says, "What God has cleansed you must not call common." God has a dream for each and every one of us to reach out to each other regardless of our differences with the agape love of Jesus who made all and died for all (2 Cor 5:15).
Let’s win the world to Jesus by looking past the exterior right down to the front side of the backbone of the person. Therein lies a soul for whom Christ has died.