After hearing these stories, I realized stereotypes are dangerous because they cause us to make assumptions which generally are not true. I am just as guilty of this as anyone. Not long ago, I watched a TED Talk in a meeting at work called "The Danger of a Single Story". Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talked about how only listening to one story causes us to misunderstand the world around us. I will link the video at the end of this post if you are interested in watching.
|Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, via|
In my naivety, I said to one of the youth group leaders, "ugh, look at that homeless man! He needs to get a job".
The youth group leader said, "you know Megan, Jesus died for him just like He died for you. Maybe we should give that man a chance before we jump to conclusions".
I was immediately humbled by her words. The Bible did not say Jesus only died for those of us with a job. It says He died for the whole world. Now that I have a better grasp of finances, who is to say that man didn't fall on bad times and lose his house? Maybe his family died in a terrible accident. Rather than understand his situation, I assigned him a role in my limited world, one which he probably didn't deserve.
I am fascinated with stereotypes right now, so bear with me as I explore this subject on the blog this week!
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