Thank you, Jesus, that my identity is found in Christ and nothing else.
Racism is not a new thing. You see the sin of racism in the Bible. People viewing others of different ethnicities as “lesser”. Thankfully, God combats that thinking all throughout the Old and New Testaments.
You see gentiles throughout in the lineage of Jesus.
You see God telling Jonah to go witness to Nineveh.
Jesus went to Samaria.
You see Philip witnessing and converting an Ethiopian.
Paul actually had to address racism between the Greeks and the Jews multiple times. He explained that “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)
My children and I had a conversation about this tonight. We were listening to Christian rap while they folded clothes and I made dinner and this song came on.
I asked them if we all had the same skin color. No!
Are there kids in your class with different skin colors? Yes!
Does Jesus love everyone the same even though we are different? YES!
Does having different skin color make someone less than anyone else? NO! (I don’t think that thought had even crossed their minds!)
Does it matter if you’re dark, light, black, yellow, brown, white? NO!!
Momma, what are you? You’re dark and yellow! I bet you’re Italian. (Where in the world did they get Italian is anyone’s guess.)
I don’t know, baby, but I bet it’s not Italian.
You see, I don’t know my heritage or ethnicity. My dad was adopted and never found his biological parents. No big deal, really. His (adoptive) parents never made a big deal about it. He has never made a big deal about it. I have never really thought about it.
But tonight on my run, I had was a little sad thinking about the rhetoric on both sides and thought, Am I a white girl speaking about racial relations? Probably. Am I a girl with some type of ethnic background that can be seen as a minority? Maybe.
Then then God reminded me: My identity is found in the blood of the Lamb. I am a child of God and a truth seeker. I am a mom who is teaching her children that Jesus made all different colors, and that is beautiful.
We as believers are all ONE in Christ.