The Perils of Prejudice

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio


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Back in the late sixties, I applied for a teaching job in a large midwestern city. I had just earned my Master’s degree in my subject matter from a prestigious college and was eminently qualified for the position. Imagine my shock when, instead of being considered for the job, the superintendent of the school district told me to “go back to my own people.”

To say I was speechless would be an understatement. Never before had I experienced prejudice, and prejudice simply because of my ethnicity. (For those of you who don’t know, I am of Italian descent).  Moreover, little did I know back then that I would have had legal recourse in the matter because of the then recently passed Civil Rights Act of 1964 that made employment discrimination illegal. But, as the saying goes, we get too soon old and too late smart. 🙂

The sting of the superintendent’s prejudicial slur dug deep. Yes, I forgave him from my heart, but the scar of his hurtful words remained. Instead of making me bitter, however, his words deepened my compassion for those who suffer prejudice of any kind. For the first time, I knew what prejudice felt like.

So, what exactly is prejudice? Noah Webster in his classic 1828 dictionary defines prejudice as follows: “Prejudgment; an opinion or decision of mind, formed without due examination of the facts or arguments which are necessary to a just and impartial determination.” The current edition of Webster’s dictionary defines prejudice as “an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge.” When we think or act with prejudice, we are doing so without just cause and without logical reason. We are forming a preconceived opinion about someone, an opinion that has no basis in logic or experience.

Sadly, prejudice still exists today and, sadly, it will always exist until the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Until that glorious day, we will have to deal with prejudice, whether it’s the prejudice of others toward us, or our own prejudice toward others. So, in this podcast, I would like to offer some logical reasons that prove that prejudice is not only a sin but that it is also counter-productive and counter-intuitive. In the process, we will learn ways to deal with prejudice in a manner that glorifies God and respects others.

First, some logical reasons that render prejudice illogical, foolish, and sinful:

Reason #1: All people ultimately descend from Adam and Eve and from Noah after the Flood. Since we share the same original parents, we are all in the same human family. In Acts 17: 26 NET, the Bible says this: “From one man he [God] made every nation of the human race to inhabit the entire earth, determining their set times and the fixed limits of the places where they would live.” 

Reason #2: There is only one race: the Human Race. All differences in skin color resulted from the amount of people’s exposure to the sun over time in a particular geographical area. The skin contains a pigment called melanin. Melanin determines one’s skin color, hair color, and eye color. Exposure to the sun affects the amount of melanin produced by the skin cells. The more exposure to the sun, the more melanin in the skin cells. The more melanin in the skin cells, the darker the color of one’s skin. So, as people migrated across the earth to different locations, some received more exposure to the sun than others, resulting in different skin colors. To judge a person by his skin color, therefore, is not only wrong but ridiculous.

Reason #3: God Himself is opposed to prejudice against others.
In Deuteronomy 10: 17, the Bible says: “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe.”  Unlike God, a prejudiced person is partial. He treats people based on his own evaluation of them, an evaluation that is inaccurate and certainly incomplete. Only God knows what a person is truly like. Only God can read the human heart. When we attempt to do so, we are sinning against God and against the person toward whom we bear prejudice.

Characteristics of Prejudice

Prejudice is the antithesis of love. Love recognizes that every human being carries the image of God. Prejudice discounts the image of God in each person. We have no right to determine the worth of a person. God has already done that, and He has declared that every human being has intrinsic worth simply by virtue of the truth that God gave him worth.

Prejudice is proud. It believes that one is better than someone else. Yet, in Philippians 2: 3, we are commanded to esteem others better than ourselves. 

Prejudice is disobedience against our Lord’s command in Matthew 7: 12 to treat others as we want to be treated.  Moreover, if we say we love God but do not love those whom He created, then we are liars.

Finally, prejudice is subtle. We need to examine our own hearts to determine if we hold any prejudice toward others. If we do, we need to repent and ask God to forgive us and cleanse us. 

Determine today that you will treat every human being with the love and respect that he or she deserves as a creation of God. Treat every person with the same love and respect that you want to receive from others. If each of us will commit to eliminating prejudice from our own lives, we will eliminate it from the world-at-large and make that world a far better place.

Prejudice stems from wrong perceptions and lies we have heard throughout our lives. The only way we can get rid of those lies is by allowing Jesus Christ to set us free from those lies. If you have never invited Jesus into your life to save you, do it now. Pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I need You to help me recognize the lies I have believed about other people, lies that have caused me to act with prejudice toward them. I ask You to forgive me. Come into my life now, set me free from all lies, and make me what You created me to be. Amen.

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Why the Rise of Anti-Semitism?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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The recent horrific massacre of 11 Jews at a synagogue in Pittsburgh last week shook the entire world and revealed once again that anti-Semitism is increasing at an alarming rate in the United States and abroad.

In this third post in our series on the endtimes, we take a look at the rise of anti-Semitism. Why is it happening yet again, and how does it relate to the return of Jesus Christ?

Let’s begin by defining anti-Semitism. According to Webster, anti-Semitism is “hostility to or prejudice against Jews.” The Bible records that this hostility has existed for centuries and has flared up at strategic points in history.

But why such hatred against the Jews? Why not the same hatred against other ethnic groups?

The bottom-line reason that the world hates the Jews is that the world hates God. 

The Apostle Paul wrote this: “For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race, the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised!” (Romans 9:3-5).

The Jews were ordained by God to be the carriers and transmitters to the entire world of His covenant of salvation. Notice what was entrusted to them: 

__The Adoption as Sons of God.
__The Divine glory.
__The Covenants (Abrahamic, Mosaic, and Davidic).
__The Law and the Ten Commandments.
__The Temple Worship.
__The Promises of God.
__The Patriarchs and the Prophets of God who prophesied about our day.
__The Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, our Messiah!

The Jews were given a grave responsibility of trust. But, sadly, they failed in their assignment. That assignment was then transferred to the Gentiles, who have been fulfilling it for the last 2000 years.

The Jews have been and continue to be a focal point in Bible prophecy. These following prophecies about them have either already been fulfilled or will be fulfilled:

___Their dispersion (Deuteronomy 28: 64; Leviticus 26: 33)
___Their persecution (Deuteronomy 28: 65)
___Their desolation (Leviticus 26: 33; Deuteronomy 29: 22-23)
___Their preservation (Isaiah 66: 22; Jeremiah 30: 11)
___Their return to their homeland (Isaiah 11: 10-12; Ezekiel 36: 22-28)
___The establishment of their nation as a sovereign state (Isaiah 66: 7-8; Zechariah 12: 3-6)
___The blossoming of Israel’s prosperity (Isaiah 45: 1-7; Joel 2: 21-26)
___The restoration of the Hebrew language (Zephaniah 3: 9)
___The re-occupation of Jerusalem that occurred during the Six-Day War in June of 1967 (Luke 21: 24).
___The growth of Israel’s military strength (Zechariah 12: 6)
___The focal point of Israel in world news (Zechariah 12: 3; 14: 1-9)
___Israel’s participation in the Great Tribulation (Deuteronomy 4: 30; Zechariah 13: 8-9)
___The salvation of Israel (Zechariah 12: 10; Romans 11: 1-6)
___Their position as the foremost nation of the world during the Millennium (Deuteronomy 28: 1; Micah 4: 1-7). **

God is not finished with the Jews. They are still His chosen people, and His covenant with them will ultimately be fulfilled. Meanwhile, because Satan hates them, they will be persecuted and attacked until the second coming of Christ, at which point He will rescue them from the hands of their enemies once and for all.

The battle against the Jews is primarily a spiritual one. Satan hates God and has always wanted to be God. Since Satan hates God, he also hates those whom God loves. It is no surprise, then, that both Jews and Christians have been under attack because God loves both Jews and Christians and has covenants with them.

 “The bottom-line reason that the world hates Jews is that the world hates God.” 

As the days grow darker, we will witness more anti-Semitism and more anti-Christianity. Jesus said this in John 15: 20: “Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you.” This persecution is part of endtime prophecy and will come to pass. As it increases in frequency and intensity, we can know that it is all part of the convergence process of which I wrote in my last blog post. This persecution is another clear sign that our Lord’s return in the Rapture is imminent. 

Despite the rise of anti-Semitism, Satan will never be able to  wipe out the Jews entirely. God will spare a remnant in order to fulfill His covenant. One day, Israel will recognize her Messiah, praise the Lord! What a glorious day that will be!

Prayer for Today: Lord God, we pray Your blessings upon all Jews. We thank You for giving us the Messiah through them, and we look forward for the fulfillment of Your promise to save all of Israel. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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** “The Jews in Prophecy” by Dr. David R. Reagan, Lamb & Lion Ministries

“What Is the Cause of All the Anti-Semitism in the World?”


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