March 9, 2012

For God so Loved the World; Not Just the Whites

There are different colored cows. Brown cows, white cows, pink cows (in Farmville, at least). And there are many different, but beautiful, skin colors that are caused mainly by the sun, which has some sort of effect on it. But regardless of what color skin we are, we are all equal. The Bible tells us so in 1Corinthians 12:13. Whether we are Jew or Gentile, or in this case, black, white, Hispanic, oriental etc., we are all in the same Spirit.

There is an overwhelming amount of hate and racism in our culture. I have heard many jokes that show disgust to other kinds of people, such as "Why are black people good at basketball? Because their knee grows," or, "How do you find the population of Mexico? Throw a penny down the street and watch how many people chase after it." I have also heard comments saying that Asians don't have souls. Now let me go over how stupid this is. I honestly don't see what's wrong about Africans being good at basketball; that's an excellent thing. Asians were made in God's image also. And stereotyping Hispanics by making fun of their poverty is exactly the same thing as making fun of whites being poor.

Like 1Corinthians 12:13 states, we are all one in Christ. God commands us to love others. In John 14:15, Jesus tells us that if we love Him, we will keep His commands. In John 15:12 and 1John 4:19, we are called to love others as Jesus loves us. We are supposed to show compassion for every single person, including those of other "races". That is an important part of what it means to be a Christian.

Followers of Christ must love others unconditionally. Whether someone is German, Italian, Brazilian, Russian, Korean, or African; love them like Jesus. We are all humans, regardless of race, nationality, or skin color. The color of our skin does not make us superior to anyone else. If we were to say it did, that would be just like saying a red box is supreme to a blue box; that statement is ridiculous because they're both boxes. The same thing applies to the "races". There is only one race-the human race.

John 3:16 says that God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son. Notice the use of the word world. God so loved the world, not God so loved the whites or God so loved the Australians or God so loved the Indians or God so loved the blacks. God so loved us, the world. In His eyes, skin color has no meaning, other than the fact that we are all created by Him which makes our skin color good; we are all His beloved children. Don't forget the name of this blog: agape. Agape is loving someone with no strings attached. And yes, that also includes those of different skin colors. Remember what I said earlier: there is only one race-the human race.


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