Can You Discriminate between Unfair Discrimination and Wise Discernment?———————————-
• :to unfairly treat a person or group of people differently from other people or groups (Bad)
• :to notice and understand that one thing is different from another thing : to recognize a difference between things (Normal)
Discrimination has been so loosely used by many that I think we forget that in some cases you need to discriminate or evaluate some people, not on physical appearance or color but behavior. The Bible calls us to discern and distinguish, and in some cases avoid certain people. Certain people who behave and live a certain way.
(We are called to guard ourselves against those who have a bad tempers.)
Proverbs 22:24-25 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person,do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their waysand get yourself ensnared.
(We are called to warn people who like to start things, then disassociate from them.)
Titus 3:10-11 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.
(We are called to avoid an immoral or greedy person who claims to follow Christ)
1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.
(And we are called to not associate with lazy bums that CAN work but choose to mooch because they do not want to work.)
2 Thessalonians 3:10-15 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good. Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.
Another great example is the discernment between loving as Christ would yet not being naive and trusting everyone.
“Burn me once shame on you, burn me twice shame on me”
Can we all agree that some people are not worth our trust or vulnerability. Jesus said, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16
“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” Matthew 7:6
Obviously it is not wise to blindly trust everyone, especially those people you know are very capable of harming you since they have a history of doing so.
So let us not say discrimination of character is no good, however, it is wrong to mistreat or treat less then someone who is less fortunate or mistreat on the basis of physical appearance.
After all, “man looks on the outward appearance but God looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7
-James 2:1-4 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? –
-Leviticus 19:17 “‘Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt. –
-Leviticus 19:15 “‘Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly. –