ColourBlind?

Jesus said love ev’ryone;
Treat them kindly too.
When your heart is filled with love,
Others will love you.
By: Moiselle Renstrom, 1889–1956
Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Pretty yellow black and white
They are precious in his sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world
By Ray Stevens – Everything Is Beautiful

 

Stare into the circle…what colour do you see?

Most of us will see some pinks and greens and blues.  Even a smiling face!  We can see the differences.

Colour blindness, is the decreased ability to see colour or differences in colour.  Simple tasks such as selecting ripe fruit, choosing clothing, and reading traffic lights can be more challenging.  But how much more challenging would it be if we were to blur the differences in our skin colours?

It’s funny, but there is no difference other than a little colour pigment in our skin.  We all have features, eyes, lips, noses and ears.  If you cut us we all bleed…red blood…not green, purple, blue or black.  We are all designed the same way.  We don’t have two heads, four eyes and six ears.  Lets face it, after a long winter, out of the sun we all could use a little colour.

Unfortunately though, when some people look at others who have a slightly different coloured skin tone, they get an aversion or bias towards them.  But why?  Have they done an injustice to you?  Have they harmed you in any way?  Probably not.  We all have bad apples in the barrel, but some people just like to dislike others without provocation.

When I was a youngster going to school, there were Black kids, Chinese kids, Italian kids, even some poorer kids than others, but we were all there to learn and play together and never thought anything of it.  Even today I don’t think anything of it.  We are all human beings.

Now we live in the 21st century and the discord in our world today, the fact that we can’t seem to get along because of race or the colour of our skin or our religious beliefs is troubling.  People don’t take the time to get to know each other because it’s an “all about me” mentality.  People won’t forgive each other.   They would rather have discord and hostility between one another.  Withholding opportunities from one another.

Galatians 5: 13-15 (NIV) You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.  For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”   If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

 

Here’s a little story:    “Once there were two men.  They worked together in the same office.  One was black and one was white.  They got along wonderfully.  They ate lunch and had coffee together.  The white chap had a little sail boat and he asked the black chap to come out with him and some other friends for a day on the water.  The black fellow seemed shocked that a white fellow would ask him such a thing, and replied that no he couldn’t do that.  Where he had come from it was frowned upon.  It was ok to work on a job together, but to spend time together from work was not acceptable.  This surprised the white fellow who tried to tell his friend that it was indeed ok.”

 WHO SAYS IT ISN’T ALLOWED…THAT IT ISN’T RIGHT! 

God certainly wouldn’t frown on it.

There is none so blind as he who will not see.

Romans 12:9-12 (NIV)  tells us to Love Like a Christian, Love must be sincere.  Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves.  Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

We must not close our minds.

We shouldn’t care about the length of his hair, or the color of his skin.
Don’t worry about what shows from without, but the love that lives within. 

(from the song Everything is Beautiful by Ray Stevens)

Jesus himself is love and joy perfected.  He wants us to hold fast to His commandment …“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”  John 15:12

Galatians 5:22-26 (NIV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.   Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.   Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”

 

When you think of colourblindness as a Christian, you don’t see a

Hindu, or an Indigenous Person, or an Asian, or a person whose skin is black.

What you do see is another child of God, like you.

 

Paul said,  “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”  Romans 12:3

Revelation 7:9

“…I looked and behold a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…

Amen