And when he learned of Mordecai’s ethnic identity, Haman decided not to do away with Mordecai alone. He planned to destroy all of Mordecai’s people, the Jews, throughout Ahasuerus’s kingdom. Esther 3:6
It is hard to believe that in today’s culture there are people who are prejudiced toward those with a different skin color or cultural background. Some even think they are better than others. The riots and looting in Ferguson, Missouri in recent days are a result of racial tensions. Even today there are people who would like to eliminate the Jewish race from our planet. Having feelings of prejudice toward others is fueled by a selfish attitude and a sense of superiority.
Haman’s ancestors were enemies of the Jews. He was prejudiced toward the Jews and wanted to see not only Mordicai die, but he wanted all of the Jews dead. He hated a group of people because of their beliefs and cultural differences. Prejudice always grows out of a sense of personal pride – considering oneself better than others.
Challenge: Do you have feelings of prejudice toward others who may have a different color of skin? Do you treat differently those who have a different cultural background? God created everyone and loves everyone equally. Jesus died for all the people of the world – every tribe and nation. Pray that God will help you to have a proper attitude toward others and not consider yourself better than others in any way.