We live in a world where people are taken advantage of based on the color of their skin. Discrimination exists because the oppressor sees it as an opportunity to demonstrate power of the oppressed. Racial hierarchies have been adopted to say one race is inferior to that of another.
It is simple to fall into the idea of calling oneself colorblind, as a way of saying one doesn’t see color and is therefore judging all people equally. While this is an easy way to explain our way out of a difficult conversation, it denies the very design of God’s people.
In Genesis, God says He has created us in His own image. To deny our brothers and sisters based on their race is to deny the image of God.
Also, in Genesis, God separated the people from Babel and confused their language. In Acts 2, “devout men from every nation under heaven (Acts 2:5)” gathered and “they were bewildered because each one was hearing them speak in his own language (Acts 2:6).” God separated His people because of rebellion and has united His people because of his grace and faithfulness.
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Speaking to the Jews and Gentiles in Ephesus, Paul said, “For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.” Paul continues later to say Jesus came so He might “reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.”
We are reconciled to God in one body, the body of Christ.
In Revelation 7:9 John writes, “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” A great multitude is worshiping God forever and they look nothing alike.
All throughout the Scriptures, God is bringing people from all races and nations and languages and backgrounds to worship Him. He has created all of humanity in His own image. He has called His followers to a way of life that loves our neighbor by embracing their image of God not overlooking it.
As a white male in America, my race dominates cultural norms and has been and is often used as a source to oppress minorities. To simply overlook the experiences of our minority brothers and sisters is to deny their experiences based on their race or language. And to deny one’s experience based on their race or language is to deny the image of God in which they were created.
To be colorblind is to deny God’s design of humanity.
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