Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | May 16, 2015

May 16, 2015 “Skin Color or Sin-Color?”

“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;  that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.” (John 17: 20-21)

 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,  Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God.” (Acts 2:9-11)

Good Morning Everyone, on this glorious new day with which we have been blessed by God!

One of my daily enjoyments is the connection I have made with family and friends through the amazing technology of social networking. Whereas news from relatives and friends used to require a letter or a phone call, sometimes not reaching me for days, now what’s happening in their lives is communicated on virtually a daily basis, and quite often includes pictures and even videos! One of my dearest friends has developed quite a knack of observing the public behavior of others. From time to time, she shares these observations in a most lucid fashion. I was particularly moved by a post she shared yesterday that involved a conversation she overheard between two little girls who attended her daughter’s school. With her permission, I want to share with you what she overheard:

“Today while I was at (my daughter’s) school I witnessed two little girls in first grade walking down the hallway and holding hands. They were comparing their clothes, and shoes and finding similarities between those things, they compared hand size and discovered they both had the same size hands and they also compared height and were delighted that they were the same height. The one little girl exclaimed “We’re twins!” and the other little girl said “I know right”. What was absolutely heartwarming and moved me to tears was the fact that one of the girls was black and the other was white.” 

Almost daily on the news we are bombarded with reports of racial strife full of finger-pointing, angry protestations, accusations, and even violence and death. Of course, this is not God’s plan for humanity, and at its core not a “skin color issue” but a“sin color issue”.  How do we know this is not God’s plan? The texts referenced above spell it out. The first was from the prayer Jesus lifted up in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before his crucifixion. Clearly he prayed for unity not based on skin color, but on allegiance to him. The occasion of the second text was from the day of Pentecost, when people from many races and many tongues experienced the mighty outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit, birthing the Church.

In August of 1963, in our nation’s capitol, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. One of the most famous remarks he made that historic day was the following:

“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.”

Character content trumps skin color. The issues we face as a people divided is a “sin-color issue”. It’s time for us to repent instead of foment, It’s time to see one another through the eyes of a child of the King. We’re all fashioned in the image of our Lord…twins to the core of our being. Let’s pray!

Mighty God of all nations and all peoples; With one accord, let us see one another as you see us and as you have created us to be…one in You…the people of your flock…the sheep of your pasture…one in the Spirit, one in the Lord. This is my prayer, made in the precious Name of your beloved Son Jesus Christ, King of King and Lord of Lords. Amen!

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