What Does the Bible Say About Microaggression?



A university in California tells teachers not to ask students, "Where are you from?" Asking a minority implies they don't look American, and the question is considered racist. This is microaggression, a social justice shame game.

Microaggressions are perceived as subtle forms of prejudice, casual exchanges that communicate derogatory remarks, whether intended or not. You might be a homophobe or transphobe, sexist or racist, and not even know it -- especially if you're a white male.

If a man corrects a woman's behavior, if you ask someone what they are, make stereotypes of any kind, or say you're color blind and see everyone as equal. These are microaggressions, an aggressive word meaning attack.

And these attacks only go one way. Someone can accuse you of aggression, but you can't accuse them, or that's victim shaming, which is a microaggression. This is a victimhood mentality driven by subjective feelings and, ironically, prejudice.

This is not how Christians should regard each other. The Bible says if one has a complaint against another, forgive. As the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. Put on love with, the peace of Christ in your heart. Let your speech always be gracious (Colossians 3:13-15, 4:6).

If anyone is teaching something different, they have an unhealthy craving for controversy and quarrels about words, producing evil suspicions and constant friction (1 Timothy 6:3-5).

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in a crooked and twisted generation, among whom we shine as lights in the world holding fast to the word of life (Philippians 2:14-16), when we understand the text.
"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful... Let your speech always be gracious." Colossians 3:12-15, 4:6
"If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth..." 1 Timothy 6:3-5
"Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life..." Philippians 2:14-16

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