Outward appearance is a source of information. It does tell us something about a person but it is only part of the story. First impressions are often correct but you can’t take it to the bank.
I think of the girls in my class. Some are stubby and will never even be considered attractive. Some are attractive and seem to have a lot going for them. There is no correlation between their looks and how they do in class. I think of two that sit next to each other. Both are very plain and overweight. One is loud, obnoxious and failing. The other quiet, focused and getting an “A.” The same applies to the boys but with different adjectives.
When you look at things like ethnic background, nation of origin, religion, address or clothing style it is easy to fall into stereotypes based on our past experience. We cannot do that. We must respond to people based on who they are as a person, not as a category.
It is the Christian way.
(Gal 3:28 KJV) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.It is the American Way.
“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness...”No other country has that as a guiding principle. It is up to us to make it a reality. Daily.
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