I have noticed an increase of problem caused by these people:
_These people_ are the ones we blame when we’re too lazy to give an appropriate name to those we accuse.
_These people_ exhibit behaviour we deplore but that we rarely have evidence of.
_These people_ follow whatever thought processes (if any) we wish to assign to make our point.
_These people_ are a group of varying size but rarely do we think they really count.
_These people_ are a convenient way for us to write real people off by lumping them together and not treating them as people.
Jesus said “Treat other people the way you want them to treat you.” Fortunately for us he didn’t specify how we should treat _these people_.
Too often we lump people into groups of our making so we can dismiss them out of hand and write them off. We decide what these people know, what they think, how they act and how they should be treated. At no point do we consider whether those we group together as _these people_ actually want or – better yet – deserve to be in that group.
We owe them more than that. We owe them what we’d like them to owe us. A chance. A non-judgemental, open minded chance to be treated as an individual. Probably like you, I have had my turn at being grouped with _these people_ and on occasion I have looked at those I am grouped with. Rarely do I find much in common with them. Other than being a human being who is being stereotyped by another human being of course.
This video is pretty well known and speaks for itself. But it’s good. Let’s stop talking about _these people_. Let’s talk about a person. Let’s look at them in the way Jesus did: one at a time.