As reports have flooded our TV screen this past week about the horrific tragedy in South Carolina, I feel absolutely broken.
But, as it is with all sin and darkness, I know that God has given me His Spirit to shed light on the matter and make a difference in my own family regarding the topic of racism.
Our pastor revealed to us last Sunday a neat truth that I had not noticed before in the book of Genesis and I thought it was an extremely helpful visual for teaching kids about God’s plan for all the different colored people in the world.
He encouraged us to remember that when God created man, he made him out of dirt.
Genesis 2:7 – “Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.”
Have you ever stopped to think about the colors of dirt?
Because I am not a gardener in any shape or form, I decided to look this one up on Wikipedia.
Here is what they say about soil color – Soil can exhibit a wide range of color; gray, black, white, reds, browns, yellows and under the right conditions green.
Think of the dirt in your own backyard, think of the white sandy beaches in the Bahamas, imagine the red clay of baseball fields… The color range is vast.
Now look around at all the men and women and children of the world. It’s hard not to see that everyone is, indeed, a different color – staying true to the nature of the very thing God used to create us!
And you can’t even argue with the green dirt part… I have been on a boat in rocky waters and experienced this color firsthand.
The point that our pastor made was that because we were all formed from a pile of dirt, how could we ever assume that our little pile of dirt is superior to someone else’s?
God’s heart for people can be seen in Matthew chapter 22 where he gave us the 2 greatest commandments – to Love Him and Love Others (see it here).
And “God shows no partiality,” (Romans 2:11), so it doesn’t matter what color you are – the Gospel is for everyone.
I urge you, dear sisters, tonight as you rock your little ones to sleep, sing to them reminders about God’s heart…
“Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world…”
And I pray that in our obedience to share this good news with our children we will, by God’s grace, raise up a generation who loves all people (even the green ones).
– Julie 🙂