Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Best There Is ; A Spiritual Look at Issues of Interest to Young People

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Best There Is ; A Spiritual Look at Issues of Interest to Young People

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A bigot is someone who believes that various things make one person better than another.

A bigoted person may say that skin color makes some people more intelligent. That's called racism. Or that boys somehow are worth more, or are more capable, than girls. That is called sexism. Bigotry can make people judge other people by how old they are, where they are from, or where they live now. Or even by how much they weigh, how tall they are, or what color their hair is.

It is really completely foreign to how we were made even to consider the idea that one person is better than another. But what if there are people around you who seem bigoted? Or what if people have bigoted ideas of you that they don't seem to want to let go of?

You have a choice. You can hate them and allow yourself to be distracted from what makes you useful to the world. If you do that, bigotry wins, in a way, and you just hold yourself back.

Or you can think more about how everyone has - without any exceptions - equality. From God. You can work on seeing how everyone fits into God's creation.

The Bible often calls God a "He." But the same God is also our Mother. There are other names for God, too, like Love, Spirit, and creator. God is perfect. And God always expresses Himself/Herself in us fully and completely and perfectly.

The Bible says that "there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3:28). You could say that means that when we get the message of what Jesus was teaching, we see how good we all are. Jesus himself said things like this: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect" (Matt. 5:48).

Don't ever let other people's bigotry close your eyes to how perfect God knows you are! You really can't consider some of God's children to be less important than others, because we all have our existence in the same God. This is easy to see, for example, when your friend expresses individuality and perfection at school. When you see this, you're seeing how he or she is expressing God. …

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