By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Bigotry in action is the possession or expression of strong prejudices or opinions. It is a way of thinking that shows intolerance for any other direction or thought. Bigotry can be so consuming that one's actions becomes inappropriate and readily identifiable.
Bigotry is as that of a dictatorship that demands abeyance regardless of the injustice that is being proposed. It can also be associated with a closed mind; for one becomes so dogmatic in their belief that they will not bend or give in to any other way. They will do whatever it takes to ensure their way is adopted.
Another term for bigotry is blinders; which consists of two flaps on a horse's bridle to keep it from seeing objects at its sides. When such is applied it circumvents any distraction that would hinder the intended course. When it comes to bigotry it seems as if those involved have blinders placed on them which prevents them from seeing any other course of action. There is no compromise possible; there is no other avenue they will allow to come into focus.
There is also intolerance towards anyone who fails to walk in the same course of action. One can readily identify this on the faces of those who are of such a nature. They also seek out unorthodox ways towards their goal no matter the cost.
The morals of the land are of upmost importance; which if allowed to be tarnished through bigotry, can bring a nation down. Some voices of the past concerning this subject:
George Washington: Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable. It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.
Andrew Jackson: The Bible is the rock on which our Republic rests.
Daniel Webster: Our ancestors established their system of government on morality and religious sentiment. Moral habits, they believed, cannot be safely entrusted on any other foundation than religious principle, nor any government be secure which is not supported by moral habits.
Jebediah Morse: Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present forms of government, and all the blessings, which flow from them, must fall with them.
When a tooth is hurting; sometimes the only relief is through extraction of that tooth. However, before the dentist does so, he must be certain there is no other recourse. Bigotry must be extracted to prevent its spread; but first there must be an attempt towards reconciliation.
Scripture relates that if your brother trespass against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone: if he shall hear you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear you, then take with you one or two more, that in the mouth of two or more witnesses every word may be established. And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church: but if he refuses to hear the church, let him be to you as a heathen (Matthew 18:15-17).
The setting of these verses could be a guideline to other areas of life as well. The corrective action to be taken is not done in a vindictive way but a straightforward and honest manner. If one fails to take such corrective action it could lead to continued bitterness and opposition.
Bigotry is as a waterway that has its flow and direction altered. Bigotry in action amply could be applied to such a text because there is an attempt to block or stop any leakage of truth that would hinder its progress.
Bigotry does not bring out the best in a person; but the opposite as a person attempts to justify his or her actions. We are seeing this unleashed in our present day setting that does not promote good will for a nation, corporation, or individual.
Other words associated with bigotry are: Loathing, overzealousness, prejudice, repugnance, self-opinionated, shortsightedness, and stubbornness.
Scripture identifies bigotry in action and how to avoid such: Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18). Whoso keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles (Proverbs 21:23). The tongue is a little member and boasts great things. How great a matter a little fire kindles (James 3:5).
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: looking diligently lest any man fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springs up and troubles you, whereby many be defiled (Hebrews 12:14-15).
Bigotry in action may first be hidden; but when it is discovered, its noxious roots have spread and springs up with bitterness and become more destructive. Rather than unity prevailing; one sees disunity, and a bitterness which can be readily displayed in one's facial features, actions, and language.
We are seeing bigotry in action by many of our sports figures; also in Hollywood, in people of fame, in a liberal society that is attempting to alleviate godly morals by presenting godliness as evil. Scripture gives warning:
Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him (Isaiah 5:20-23).
Bigotry in action is spelled out wholeheartedly in these scriptures. If one cannot see such; it is because they have blinders on; a closed mind, or both! Scripture also reveals that everyone that practices evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved (or exposed) (John 3:20).
Has America, and other once godly nations, become tarnished in their once godly demeanor? Has bigotry in action become so prominent that it has begin to dwarf God's intent for mankind? Has tolerance for ungodliness infiltrated rather than the righteousness of God? How many now have closed minds to the truths of God's Word?
Has God lowered the hedge concerning America; and other nations who no longer look to Him as before (Isaiah 5:5-6)? Is what we are seeing in the way of disasters, disease, weather breaking events, etc. being allowed to bring us back on course? If so will America comply with the instructive Word of God:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn away from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14)?
America's fate, and that of other once godly nations, lies in a return to the God of their youth with a wholehearted godly repentance! I pray such will be the demeanor of all who have walked away from God's beckoning hand!