I’m the child of a mixed-race couple. Though, I’ve never given it much thought at all until seeing all the hate that’s going on in the United States, all because of skin color. I never gave it much thought because one, it doesn’t matter and two, I was created by God, in the image of God.
If someone has a problem with my skin color, then I don’t see it as having a problem with me, but instead, as having a problem with what God has created. Their complaint is against Him not me. They are finding fault with the handy-work of an ALL-knowing God in the way He sovereignly chose to design me.
Psalm 139:13 NIV—For you, Lord, created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. #ALLpeoplearemadeintheImageofGod
— D.L. Perching (@DLPerching) December 22, 2014
My parents met in the seventies in South Florida. When my paternal grandfather found out his son was marrying a dark-skinned Latin American woman, he was furious and told my father he shouldn’t marry her. My grandfather and I were never close, but I know he was known to be a very racist man. My father, fortunately, ignored his father’s advice and married my mother anyway.
My mother tells me once my grandfather saw her kindness and character that he began to really like her. “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7
The heart of God must be so grieved to see His children at war over their differences. Yes, there is a history of evil perpetrated against people of color, and there’s still injustice against them, but we all face injustice – no matter what our skin color and even just by being a woman. As a woman whose ex-husband used his strength to hurt me instead of protect me, I know this all too well. I forgave my ex, committed his evil acts against me to the Lord since I didn’t report it to the police when I had marks on my body, and the Lord justified me with His vengeance in His timing. God hates injustice too.
I believe the thing that will cause the greatest change in our generation and the generations to come is first and foremost, seeing others the way Jesus taught us to see them in His simple commands about love, and second, what parents are teaching their children in their homes.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:36-40 NIV
With my son, I don’t say that Chinese man or that black lady – I simply say the man or the woman. A time where my son said a person had a weird face, I didn’t punish him, I sat him down and taught him that “to criticize that person’s looks is to put down what God made. God made that person, and we don’t want to say hurtful things about what God has made. God made all people, and He loves them so we don’t want to hurt God’s children like that. God made people in many different ways.” He really understood and agreed.
The gospels show Jesus, the Son of God, as erasing lines of division all over the place by associating with non-Jews like the Samaritan woman, permitting women to be His disciples, and on and on. “The Samaritan woman said to Jesus, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” – John 4:9. After her brief encounter with Jesus, she became one of His followers.
Before I get hate comments on the image of Jesus I chose, I don’t care about the shade of Jesus’ skin. He came through the Jewish bloodline according to scripture, a line that included non-Jewish women such as Ruth and Rahab. The only thing I know about Jesus’ appearance while He walked this earthly realm in the flesh is:
“There was nothing beautiful or majestic about His appearance, nothing to attract us to Him.” – Isaiah 53:2 NLT
He purposely came as an unattractive man as to not win people by handsome looks or outward appearance.
As the human race, there has to be forgiveness. There’s so much evil we, as a human race, can use our energies to battle against. I’m sure Satan, the evil one, is pleased that we are wasting our energies on trivialities like outward appearances and allowing the media to perpetuate stereotypes about groups of people.
There’s still slavery today. There are children without clean running water who are dying. Organizations like the International Justice Mission need volunteers and funding to free slaves today in almost 2015.
One in nine people don’t have clean water:
I pray that the Lord softens the hearts of His children worldwide to see each other as He sees them and to work together to battle evil in this world together as one. It’s not one of ours and one of theirs, it’s one of His.