“Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world, red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.” Hey, great tune. I remember singing it as one of them little children myself. I was a white children. I didn’t actually know any of those other colors of children, but I was learning a great Biblical concept that Jesus loves all people. Of course we multi-hued children had no idea we were also learning a very unbiblical concept. The Bible – it says nothing about skin color other than a few benign references. (Jeremiah 13:23; Song of Solomon 1:5,6) God could care less about the color of a person’s skin. So why do we?
The fact is we can say there is really only one race – the human race. And even in that the word race is a misnomer. The word race used to denote skin color is a human construct, and an awful one at that. Scripture, on the other hand, refers only to differences in people by tribe or nation, people groups or language. (Revelation 5:9) And these all came from one blood, all created in God’s image, and all loved as part of a world that God so loves. (John 3:16)
Melanin. What atrocities and injustice has been wrought throughout history over melanin! Melanin is the dark-brownish pigment that is produced in different amounts in special cells in our skin. If we have none we will be albino, a great deal we will be dark black, in between, well, we will be in between. So around something as insignificant as melanin, which is no more significant than eye or hair color, mankind has found yet another excuse for pushing, shoving, abusing, oppressing and killing others. Melanin.
I have a friend and brother in the Lord who is a black man and he is involved in various pursuits to fight against the injustices found in racism. Now confronting injustice is certainly a Christian responsibility as the prophet Micah instructs us: “And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (6:8) But my brother is contesting for a better seat for “his people” within the very house built by human-created and sponsored racism. I say, “Brother, come out of there and speak the Biblical truth that will tear that evil house down! Don‘t help build more rooms! Come out!”
It has often been said that Sunday morning is the most segregated time of the week. Meaning the church is the most divided along color lines. Folks, a really honest look at that reveals cultural and worship styles play a big role there. Nevertheless, [in some cases] if we find the shoe fits we need to get some new shoes. We (you and me; the church) need to be at the forefront with God’s revealed truth – from one blood we are all made – One.