Alert But Not Alarmed

We still live in fear of the unknown.

Exodus 1:1-22

Reference: “Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”” ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭1:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: In today’s age we have the ability to access almost all the knowledge of the world through the Internet. And yet we still live in fear of the unknown.

If we don’t know a person, or even a whole group of people, then we are very quick to believe the extreme or the stereotype about the type of person they may be. It might be their race or a certain preference that person holds, but we are quick to judge and label people.

I think it helps us feel we understand and control our world if we can predict certain people’s behaviour. But we end up reducing thousands of people to one person’s stereotype.

Application: This type of thinking has led to a world war, and leaders continue to spread this type of misinformation to instil fear in people. It isn’t new. Pharaoh did this to the Israelites thousands of years ago in one of the most well known Old Testament stories.

He picked a truth (the Israelites were numerous) and twisted its meaning (they will unite with our enemies against us). From this misunderstanding, pharaoh instilled fear and racism against a whole nation.

It’s good to be aware of the world around us but stereotyping other people only breeds fear and misunderstanding.

God did not give us a spirit of fear and Jesus taught us that in all things we should show love. This path of love is often the most challenging, but it is also the most rewarding, as it is in the footsteps of God.

Prayer: Lord, may we be warriors of love and not fear. May we proclaim peace as we aim to embrace others and not distance ourselves from certain groups of God’s children. Amen.

What stereotypes are you still holding onto?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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