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Are you color blind?

By Craig Crosby
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Refuge Church

I’m about to ask you a question I believe matters deeply to the heart of God. It’s a question everyone needs to be asked. Or we can just ignore an issue that is very near and dear to the heart of God. That question my friend is “Are you color blind?”
Growing up in the South I’m well aware of the word “racism.” And, I realize that most people aren’t trying to be racist, but it’s just in their blood. They were raised in societies that naturally segregated themselves and were usually taught to hang out with their “own color.”
I can recall, on more than a few occasions, someone saying to me, “Preacher, I just believe God wants us to stick with our kind.” Their “our kind” was referring to our own race. I’ve thought long and hard about this statement. I’ve searched scripture to ponder this matter. Here is what I’ve concluded.

The popular childhood song got it right: “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight.” God loves us all the same. In fact, the Bible says, “God so loved the World that He gave His only son that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16). God created every color and loves us all the same.

I honestly believe God is color blind. He knows the outside is just skin making one man look different than the next. God wants the best for all of us. Regardless of our skin color, he loves us deeply and wants us all to know it. Sadly, even most churches don’t reflect God’s point of view. Many focus on simply gathering those around them that appear “their kind.” Or, let’s be honest, their race.

God doesn’t approve of symbols that only escalate racial divide. God doesn’t approve of any organization that promotes that only their race matters. God hates it when we look at each other through racist eyes, when we repeat racist jokes and behavior that are passed down by generations before us. Bottom line: God hates it when a man’s skin color changes the way we see the man. “Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
God has really put it heavy on my heart that this issue must be addressed. We must quit separating ourselves by the color of our skin. You see, we all bleed red. We all fall short of God’s glorious standard. And, we all desperately need a Savior named Jesus who died because He loves us all. When going through life don’t just think about “your kind.” Realize there is only one kind: men, women, boys, and girls who were handcrafted by God, those who are all special in the eyes of God.
(Romans 10:11) “For God does not show favoritism.”
Whatever your race, you are very special to God. If you don’t have a church home, I would love for you to visit me at Refuge Church. Services are Sundays 9:15 and 11am @ 203 Eddie Chasteen Drive, Walterboro. Come as you are, never leave the same.

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