By Clayton Adams ‘A Word from the Pastor’
Perhaps the single greatest tragedy in the history of the American culture is the issue of racial strife. Without the backbreaking work of people who were brought to this country as indentured servants and slaves such as the Italians, Chinese, Africans (and others) our country would be less than what we are. There is only one race – the human race, and the human race has a wide variety of shades of color. I have often wondered the greater purpose God had in mind when He “colored” the skin of the human race. Every person has “colored skin” caused by melanin, which is brown, yellow-brown, or black and is produced by melanocytes and skin color is genetically programmed. This isn’t a choice for a human to make it is a choice God makes and each shade of color has its burdens to carry. Every person is made in the image of God and it was His Son who died on the cross for every person regardless of “color”, nationality, background or culture and this makes every life matter! There are no mistakes when it comes to human life. There are no “surprises” or “oops.” God doesn’t make mistakes; in Jeremiah 1:5 we read, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” Psalm 139:19 states, “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.” In Ephesians 2:10, we read “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Friend regardless of how long or short, shade of skin or from what culture or tribe a person derives, every life has a purpose, plan and is loved by God and Christ died for each and every life. Instead of arguing and protesting over differences, our time is better spent discovering God’s purpose for each life. We have more in common than differences and our leaders should focus on our commonalities. This is especially true of religious leaders. God has given to all Believers the “…ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18). We sure need the ministry of reconciliation alive and active in every church, school and home! God makes no distinction in His love, we read in Romans 10:12 “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him.” Friends, at the heart of the matter, all people are equal in God’s sight and God obviously values variety in His creation. There is a verse from a song from the Christian group DC Talk (a rap song) that states; “Society has gotten to be all outta whack, And don’t bother with excuses whether white or black, To blame it on a color won’t get a result, Because history reveals to me how ethics were lost, In reality our decency has taken a plunge, “In God We Trust” is an American pun, Funny how it happened so suddenly…” “Something’s missing, and if you’re asking me, I think that something is the G-O-D.” Clayton Adams is pastor at Earle First Assembly of God. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find Earle First Assembly on Facebook.