In Galatians 3 the Apostle Paul mentions three common areas of prejudice that the churches of Galatia faced in his day. Prejudice was present in that day and discrimination was often the result. Listen to the words of the Apostle Paul:
“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:26-29
Keep in mind that the Apostle Paul founded the churches of Galatia on his second missionary journey and revisited them on his third missionary journey. Although some Biblical scholars believe that the Book of Galatians was written earlier, most believe the letter was written around 58 A.D. Ten years earlier, the Christian leaders gathered in Jerusalem to discuss some of these same issues (Acts 15). Some Jewish believers, called Judaizers, taught that Gentile Christians had to follow certain Old Testament regulations in order to be saved. They were prejudiced towards the Gentile believers and demanded they look and act like them.
The Apostle Paul seems to be addressing this issue ten years later in this letter. Bias, prejudice, and discrimination never completely went away. They were still present ten years after the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15) where they addressed the issue and they’re still present today. Even worse, they’re still present in the church!
Let me ask a few questions. Are you prejudiced towards….
- Christians of other races?
- Christians from different income levels?
- Christians of the opposite sex?
- Christians of different ages?
- Christians who prefer a different worship style?
- Christians who prefer a different translation of the Bible?
- Christians who prefer a different type of music?
- Christians who dress differently when they come to church?