So, if we had to be honest with ourselves, is there a group to the left that you'd hang out with? Whatever group we picked, there is a reason we picked it. It's new, it's familiar, my family is like that, they like what I like. We picked it because of our life experiences with people who looked like them and either we want to associate with them or we don't.
But what can you tell me about those people? We could make guesses. The ones to the top don't bathe, the ones in the middle are stuck up, and the ones to the bottom are wanna-be's. But is this fair? If we picked one group over the other, would we treat the other groups differently? Would we look down on them? Would our group now be the best and everyone else sucks?
Now what about their home life? Are their parents married? Do they have brothers or sisters? Are they the oldest? Youngest? Here's the question I really want you to answer. What can you tell me about their souls? Are they saved?
We start a slippery slope when we start to judge people. We start to assume things that aren't true, and our assumptions start to influence our attitude towards them.
It's so easy to make judgments based on appearances. And it's not a new problem. In the Bible, James talks about this idea.
For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
Think about that this week as you go through your school and ask yourself, would I give up my seat for them, or make them stand in the back?