As human beings we do not all grow the same height, weigh the same, or learn at the same speed and capacity. The texture of our hair varies from one person to the next and so does the color of our skin. There is nothing inherently wrong with that because we are all made to reflect the uniqueness of God’s creation. For some, that cultural mixture is a problem.
I recently came across a man who within a matter of moments, recognized had a problem with people of color. I know this because the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to the issue the root cause being fear that manifested as personal insecurity. It would be natural to avoid a person like this, but the Lord strategically positioned me to train him. As such I plotted to wiggle my way out of it with the “he has already been trained” but based on the questions I received, they were assessing his inability to grasp the content rather than his need to be trained. Knowing that, I could provide the constructive feedback they needed but not escape the inevitability of training him.
Training day came and I acknowledged the awkwardness between us by saying, “Oh boy “John Doe” it’s gonna be rough today” only to be met with him saying, “I will need my crucifix for demons.” He shouldn’t have said that because what he does not know is that I can verbally slit his throat and won’t lose a good night’s sleep over it, but instead I replied, “I am not a demon and you will not need a crucifix.” I can tell by the look on his face my response caught him off guard.
Little did I know the Lord would teach me a lesson about the unlovable. The Lord God is gracious, kind, and patient. These people are battling demons within. They oppose themselves and deflect seeing other people as the problem. To further downplay their feelings of inferiority, they one-up others by playing the race card.
At the end of the day, he acknowledged my “Christian-ess” and thanked me for being extremely patient. He then asked where I went to church. I told him where but I am also looking for a new place of worship to attend. He gave me the name of a few churches but then showed his true colors (pun intended). He said, “they are of other nationalities.” That was the door the Lord needed. I replied, “you know God is no respecter of persons. He doesn’t care about your color, gender, or title. If you cannot love the Lord God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself than you are lost.” That had to strike a nerve because he said “you know if I do wrong, I will know.”
That response is a cop out. God does not care about what you know. He cares about what you know and what you will do with what you know. This person has a case of the “Peter syndrome.” He thinks Christianity is exclusive to him because of the whiteness of his skin. You know, the good ole inclusion versus exclusion. Survival of the fittest. The white privilege card and the list goes on and on. Now, I will tell you as an African-American (or black woman) I could give a rip about the superiority of anyone’s race and here is why: God never said anyone of us where better than our fellow neighbor because of the color of our skin. I would be just as guilty as he is if I played the race card and screamed “black power in the name of Jesus!”
I am not cut from the cloth of the “color blind clan” because the whole philosophy of not seeing color is a cop out to avoid the weightier racial issues that keep the body of Christ divided. In God’s eyes, no one race is superior to another. You may ask, what about the KKK? My question to you is whose report do you believe? Is your faith based on the Holy Scriptures or doctrine of devils? If anyone brings some other “good news,” whether it be the color of one’s skin, the power of prosperity or the preference of one gender to another, and it is not about Jesus Christ and his resurrection power, then let him or her be damned because it is nothing more than a delusion sent from the wicked one.
Heaven will be populated with all nationalities and we need to accept that reality. If we think heaven will be filled with only one race, let us take heed to the Holy Text:
“After this I beheld and lo, a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations and kindreds, and peoples, and tongues, stood before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation to our God, which sitteth upon the throne and unto the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9-10)