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There's no denying it -- prejudice exists.  It doesn't matter who we are, or what group we belong to, someone, somewhere will have unreasonable, preconceived ideas about us.  This is unfortunate, but what's even more unfortunate is, a lot of people have been harmed by prejudice.  Sometimes understandably, other times... not so much.  When I was young, I went through some circumstances that led me to believe that any girls who giggled or laughed for no apparent reason must be laughing at me.  Sounds absurd, right?  Well, it was; but to me it was real.  I believed it, and it helped to make me miserable.  However, the truth of the matter was, I was hurt, and because of this, I allowed myself to lose sight of reality.  When we lose sight of reality, the things we are willing to believe are astounding.  They generally start small, but can soon balloon out of control if left unchecked.  It's for this reason that some believe there are more than two genders.  It's why some believe a child is a child only if it's wanted, otherwise it's just a blob of tissue.  It's why some see racism, sexism, homophobia, or whatever else, at every turn.  It's even why some Christians are convinced that those who believe differently than themselves aren't Christian, or that ministers who teach about tithing are greedy and only looking for a payday.  No, my fellow Christians, we too are not impervious to wayward thinking.  Yes, prejudice exists, and, at times, it can be damaging.  Nevertheless, don't allow it to lead you into a false reality, or cause you to respond with more prejudice.  The fact is, your own thinking can hold you in bondage far more effectively than any person can.  And if your thinking is based in a false reality, misery will be your lot in life.  Romans 8:31, Romans 12:2, Galatians 5:1




















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