You know the song, “Red and Yellow, Black and White they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world….” But do we really believe that? Are we forgetting that we are ALL God’s children? Somewhere along the line, I feel like humanity as a whole, may have lost that innocent love for one another and Satan has divided our world with what we can see with our eyes.
Its no secret, there is evil in the world, and it comes in a multitude of facets. History books are filled with wars fought, countries divided, lives lost and forever changed over differences between us (often simply physically). A hot topic in the media, it seems like daily we are seeing footage of humans treating humans poorly, and our ability to be unified is tested almost constantly. I don’t think I will ever understand, aside from attributing this epidemic to our sin nature, and being overcome with hate.
James 2:4 – Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
Every night, I tuck my little girl in to bed. We play a quick game of shadow puppets before she asks me “Did you lock the door and will you hold my hand?” As she begins to drift off to sleep, her eyes barely open, she talks and prays. She will pray about how much she loves God, “because He gave us so many people that we love: Mommy, Daddy, Alli-Reeese, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, (all the way down to her classmates –If she can stay awake that long) and “Everybody that’s in the world, Amen.”
One night recently, I asked her to describe her friends at school, and her response touched my heart. She began telling me their names, what they liked to play at recess, who sits beside her at lunch, if they are a “big boy” or a “cry baby” but never once did she mention the color of their skin. Even when prompted to describe them physically, she told me that “Alexander has pointy (spikey) hair”, “Mia has glasses”, “Sangita wears a lot of clothes with Elsa on them” “Connor already lost a tooth”…she doesn’t mention ethnicity.
She doesn’t think that one color of skin automatically makes them troublemakers. Another color means they must be illegal. One would make someone better or smarter than her, or that she is better than any of them. Why not? Isn’t that what the world is trying to make us believe? I’ll tell you why she doesn’t think those things… its because she loves God. Shes been taught that God made us, that he loves US, and she believes it with the pure innocent heart of a child. She looks at her little class and sees “US”…not “The white girl, the black boy, her Indian teacher, the Asian girl, or the Hispanic boy”. She thinks of them only by their actions and her interactions with them.
Luke 6:45 – “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil:”
It is what lies within our hearts that makes us who we are as humans.
You also know the phrase “Actions speak louder than words”–But I don’t really even believe that we are so sure about that one either. Its easy for our differences to automatically allow predetermined judgment to enter our minds, causing hesitation to allow someones actions and character to influence our thoughts about them.
Its not a new concept either– when Samuel went to Jesse to call whom the Lord had anointed, its was automatically assumed that because of David’s physical nature, he would surely not be the one…
1 Samuel 16:7 – “…Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for [the LORD seeth] not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”
Why am I writing this, on a blog aimed at an audience who knows God is love, and that we are to love one another? Well, probably because Satan is running to and fro, seeking whom he may devour, and who better to target than those who claim to love and share the love of God? If we are not loving, to ALL mankind, we are hurting His name.
Be careful of your thoughts when you are transferred to a call center to a person who happens to be on the other side of the world…
Be careful when you watch the news and how you respond in front of your children who have not yet learned the harsh stigmas and stereotypes in life…
Be careful when you pray for your friends in other countries, and the members of their church…remember, they are your brothers and sisters in Christ…
Be careful not to judge that man or woman in front of you at the grocery store. You don’t know their story, don’t assume that you do…
Be careful to display the love of God, because we are the salt and light that will make the difference in this world.
Mark 12:30-32 – “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment. 31And the second [is] like, [namely] this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”