If I believe God created each of us for a specific role…
I’m NOT Color Blind!
July 18th, 2019
A popular thing to say these days in this race charged environment is that we are ‘color blind’. In other words, it is to say that we don’t discriminate, or judge others based on the color of their skin or the region of the world they or their ancestry traces back to.
The politically correct crowd just loves this.
The unfortunate thing is, as often happens when our world view is driven by the world’s ways, intentionally forcing ourselves to completely disregard our differences, also is a subtle way to diminish God’s craftsmanship and deity.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
Psalms 139:14-16 (NLT)
Every darkly complected person is specifically made that way by God because God has a distinct purpose for that life. Before we drew our first breath, God had plotted exactly what his desire for us was, and how it would fit into his perfect plan.
Every single white guy that seems by the world’s standard to be just like every other white guy, has all the initial components to accomplish that which God, his creator, has ordained him with. Regardless of level of privilege or poverty, God has architected everything about us to be everything that he desires us to be, in him, and for him.
Therefore, not to recognize the uniqueness of each and every individual we encounter is to look upon God’s design with disdain and contempt.
If you are a disciple of Jesus Christ then you must not be ‘color blind’, but instead celebrate every color God has brought to our lives, because each one is special, each one is uniquely prepared to fulfill the will of their creator, and the next word we speak to them may be the single element that inspires them to achieve that which God has purposed for their life.
Jesus saw the value of the Samaritan, the Roman, the Jew and virtually every tribe in every nation. There is not a single people group that he didn’t introduce for a purpose.
He didn’t dispatch his disciples to spread the Good News and make disciples of every nation except for those with different eyes and mannerisms from our own. NO, He said…
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:19 (NLT)
“All nations” because it will be required that every knee shall bow.
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:9-11 (NLT)
We aren’t going to get to every people group and make them our brothers and sisters in the Lord if we don’t acknowledge God’s intent in their lives. If we fail to comprehend that God has uniquely provisioned them to serve him in a way that no one else can, we fail to understand how the Gospel impacts each and every one of us individually.
If you don’t see the importance of their uniqueness, you fail to understand that this shedding of His blood to atone for our sin wasn’t a “bulk redemption”; it was a specific act on the behalf of every man, woman and child on the earth. Yes, it is capable of covering all, but it does so specifically for each of us.
When we tell someone that Christ Jesus died for your sins, do we even understand what we are proclaiming? Jesus died for me. Jesus died for you. Jesus died for all of us, to secure the grace that can be given to us based on our faith in his ability to redeem us to himself.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (NLT)
This gift is specifically for you, me and everyone. It’s what he’s planned for us since before he invented time. Specially for the dark-skinned, the brown man, the yellow completed people, and those with red glowing skin that referred to the Caucasian as ‘pale face’. And yes, He sacrificed himself for them too, specifically, all of them. Individually because he has an individual plan for each that they are all uniquely adapted to execute.
“I’m NOT Color Blind!” I will celebrate each and every blessing of God’s provision for who they are and what God can do through them, if they are but willing to give themselves to the one that gave himself to them, specifically.
In the Grace of Jesus!