Questions to consider...
- None of the couple looked like they wanted to sit in the middle of the bikers when they saw them. Why do you think that was? Would it have been different if the crowd weren't bikers?
- What other kinds of people get a hard time because of how they look?
- To what extent do we ALL judge people on appearances? What kind of conclusion or thoughts do YOU come to about people you don't know in the street, at school/college or online just because of how they look?
- Should we judge people at all by appearances? Why/why not?
- The Bible says, 'The LORD does not look at the things human beings look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.' (1 Samuel 16:7b). What do you think about this?
- Martin Luther King Jr famously said, 'I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.' How does this idea help us?
- Is there anyone you owe an apology for how you've judged them on their appearance rather than 'the content of their character'? If so, will you do it and when? And how will they know you mean it?
God, thank you that we are more than the clothes we wear and more than the colour of our skin. We know this and yet so often we make decisions about who we think people are and what they're like based on things that don't matter. Please forgive us for this and help us to enjoy diversity and take the time to get to know people for who they really are on the inside. AMEN.