To Be Colorblind is to Deny God’s Design

To Be Colorblind is to Deny God's Design

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 my 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.

Written by Eric Nelson

I am a recipient of God's grace. I am married to Christina. I am a PE teacher to elementary students. I am a coach of football and baseball to middle school students. I write to hopefully encourage and inspire others in their walk with Christ.

7 thoughts on “To Be Colorblind is to Deny God’s Design

    1. Thanks for checking it out! I see it as a defense mechanism that’s widely used to steer from engaging in the difficult conversations.

  1. Thank you for being different! Thank you for taking the courage for speaking up for righteousness sake.So many Christians confess Christianity but in their heart are still playing the race card and I am not only talking about one race, I am talking all races play the race card. God is going to judge our hearts when
    we stand before him. You my brother in Christ, will be crowned with many jewels. Thank You for allowing God to use you for his purpose. God is an all inclusive God.Your content is amazing! https://breakthroughblog4women.wordpress.com/2017/01/17/you-are-different-love-who-you-are/ please read my article I wrote out of a burden because of the topic of your article.

    1. Thank you for the kind words. We often assimilate to culture’s standards. We must fight for righteousness, justice and truth in all we do.

      “Hierarchy is only justified when everyone is treated with fairness, love, dignity, respect and pride.” I love this sentence in your article! Thanks for sharing!

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