The sin of prejudice

Nobody chooses to be born in particular circumstances.

It is therefore wrong and very saddening that the President Mr. Michael Sata has repeatedly cast aspersion on the parentage of UPND President Hakainde Hichilema and ABZ President Fr. Frank Bwalya.

The Bible condemns prejudice of any kind and Jesus Christ made it a point to raise the weak, scandalized and rejected. He did so to make the point that before God we are all the same.

Christian egalitarianism is a biblical and Christian moral doctrine that preaches equality for all human beings. It does not matter what colour, origin, parentage or indeed status we are equal. In fact the Bible suggests that we are all equal as sinners before God.

This is recognition that every individual has the capacity of creating children out of wedlock.

More importantly however God endows us with different skills, characteristic, interests and abilities to the extent that each man or woman will be judged on his worth and merit rather than the accident of birth.

Indeed God uses the most unlikely of his children.  The Bible is replete of these examples “God used: Abraham, a liar, Jacob a conniver, Moses a murderer with a speech impediment, Jeremiah a tenderhearted youth, Mary a pauper. When Jesus chose his 12 disciples, how many of these men would we have chosen? The three closest to Jesus (Peter, James, and John) were all fishermen. What was Jesus’ qualification to be a disciple?”.

 The Bible goes on to say in 1 Cor. 1:26 “Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.  But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things– and the things that are not– to nullify the things that are,  so that no one may boast before him.”

Or as the Message says it,

“Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of the “brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses chose these “nobodies” to undertaker his work. God has made it a regular practice of using unlikely people to accomplish his purposes.

Throughout his Ministry Jesus Christ preached the message of equality. He showed Gods love for his creation and that all men were endowed with equal dignity. He showed that the Jews who were blinded to God’s love for other displayed a distorted notion of the world.

David was another most unlikely candidate for Kingship. Not even his father Jesse thought him suitable over his older brother who appeared to have the attributes that men often looked for and yet Samuel was directed towards David the youngest who was tending sheep.

Indeed how many people wrote of President Sata for the Presidency. Some of the most opportunistic supporters wrote him off in the most unsalutory terms.

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