There is an old children’s Sunday School song that speaks of how precious we all are in the eyes of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
“Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.” All of us, young and old, rich or poor, black or white, etc. etc. were created in the image of God.
Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
February is Black History Month and our country celebrates the amazing accomplishments the black community has made on the national and world stage. When Thomas Jefferson penned the words, “We hold these truths self-evident, that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL,” (emphasis mine) he envisioned a united nation with no negative, divisive rhetoric that puts a wedge between people of different race, ethnicity, and religion.
In the gospel of John, Jesus prayed that we would all be one, united as we serve God and serve one another.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:20-23)
To be the people God desires us to be, we must come together despite our differences and disagreements. We must be able to civilly sit down at the table of fellowship and agree that sometimes we may disagree, but we are still created together in the image of God to live together, to work together and to serve together for the greater good. I have said for many years that regardless of what our skin color may be, the blood that gives us life is always red.
As a nation, we should remember all history, the good, the bad and the ugly. History teaches us the consequences of our past mistakes and how we must move forward and not repeat those same atrocities. But our history is also filled with great triumphs and accomplishments by people of all races, nationalities and religions. This nation has been able to accomplish what it has accomplished only when we all come together as “one nation under God” with the eyes of children who do not recognize color, but only the character of the other children sitting next to them in the sand box.
Martin Luther King Jr. in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech 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. I have a dream today.” Not being judged by the color of their skin must be applied to all races. All nationalities are precious in the eyes of God. In the whole scheme of things, His eyes are the only eyes that matter. We should see others through His eyes blind to the color, but wide open to the character within each of us.