The color of a man’s skin does not determine the color of a man’s heart. The past few weeks have seen a rise and racial tension and racial division. We have all seen the protests and we have all seen the riots. We see white people kneeling and kissing the boots of black people. We see politicians with African scarves, kneeling in the House of Congress. I have seen Twitter and Facebook exploding with negativity towards white people.
I have seen news article after news article on the evils of white privilege. We have watched neighborhood after neighborhood and business after business gets looted and burned to the ground all in the name of justice. I have been told how evil my white privilege is and how I should hate my ancestry. I have been told that I should be ashamed of the color of my skin and I should ask forgiveness from other races.
This is the society that we now all live in, and it is a society that is crumbling. There is become greater emphasis placed on the color of a man’s skin than in the quality of a man’s life. I’m here to tell you that a man’s skin color does not make the man, I am here to tell you that the quality of a man is made by the morals, values, and life that he leads.
I have the privilege of knowing many great men of all skin colors that I called my brothers. I have the privilege of knowing many great men of all different religions that I call my brothers. You see this division is not orchestrated by God, it is not ordained by God, and is in fact hated by God. You said God created us all equal men, men made in God’s image. An image that is perfection. An image that is divine.
While we ourselves are not divine despite being made in the image of divinity, man has placed himself in a position of divinity. Man has always tried to overcome not only other men but God himself. You see there is wickedness in us, this desire to overwhelm and control, this desire to be better than at the rise above and to dominate.
While there are things that we can rise above control and dominate that is good for our lives, to apply it to other men is evil. There is a divine spark in all of us, and that is partly because our souls are eternal. The Bible says that once we die and we get to heaven that we will be as the Angels; we will be heavenly beings just like the Angels.
While again this is not making us divine, it goes to show the importance of what is inside of each of us. Our bodies, this flesh, serves only two purposes. The first purpose is to house the soul and the second purpose is to house the Holy Spirit. You see regardless of what the outside looks like the inside holds the same purpose in each of us. It is God that created us each different on the outside, but it is a man who assigns value to that outside appearance, not God. The Bible tells us that God looks on the heart.
Now I am not talking about the physical heart that beats and pumps blood through your body. I am talking about the spirit, I am talking about the soul, I am talking about that part of us that is eternal, and that is what the Bible was talking about as well. You see how we treat each other on earth will determine our values in eternity.
Rather it is my black brother or my Asian brother or my white brother or my Hispanic brother; one fact remains, that he is my brother. And one fact remains, that he is your brother as well. We are all one family in the House of God. No one of us better than the other, no one of us any worse than the other. The Bible specifically tells us that there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Until the self-segregation, the assault on others’ skin, and the blaming on people today of what happened in history, comes to an end then they will never be peace. Because until we can be Christ-like and look past the skin to see the heart, we will never be good enough for glory and we will never see glory on earth.
1 Samuel 16: 7b
“for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
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