For several months I’ve wrestled with the question “Is God color blind?” The argument that rang through my mind late at night was , “God has to be color blind because he is no respecter of person” (Rom 2:11) right?
I remember praying about this issue. Here what the Lord told me: “Didn’t I create you? Do you think I am a haphazard God?” Of course my answer was “no.” The Bible says that the Lord knit us in our mother’s womb. (Ps 139:13) That means he took his time to create every detail about us.
This became obvious when I went to a Native American festival on the campus of ODU. One of the exhibits was blanket weaving. There was this long wooden frame and hundreds of strains of string were stretched in between the frame. She used her fingertips to weave a needle in and out of every strand. Every stitch was deliberate, took focus and vision. By the end of the festival you could see everything coming into place. She took a bunch of seemingly random colored strings and made something beautiful. Well, that’s what God is like. With focus and vision, God deliberately made the color of our skin, put every strand of hair in place, and shaped us perfectly. What is most impressive is that He did all this for a purpose.
I won’t pretend to know exactly what the purpose of race is, but I know that God does not make mistakes, and He has a plan for everything. When a person says that they do not see color, what they are really saying is that they don’t judge someone by their color and that’s a good thing. Man chooses not to see color because he makes it divisive and when you look at American history it’s hard to argue that fact. However, God created us to be pieces of a puzzle to fit together perfectly and radiate His glory. The church needs to see color and recognize that it is a gift from God.
There is a redemptive gift in every race. In other words, God has placed a spiritual gift or calling in every race that needs to be expressed and united with the others in order to prepare for Christ’s return. The church needs to see color and race in order to recognize the gift of God. In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul teaches that the body of Christ is made of many parts. If we were all the same the body could not function properly. To be the church that Christ has called us to we need each other.
Not far from where I live, there is a Hispanic church that holds its meetings in Spanish and there is a Korean church that has its meeting in Korean. Both of those churches reach an entire community that I could not because I don’t understand the language or culture. Yet, we are all a part of the body of Christ and I must honor that truth.
The way we honor our distinctions is by not demanding that we all act, look, or speak the same. There is a movement in America against immigration that is geared toward the Hispanic community, but I’m not making a political statement, rather a Kingdom statement. To effectively make disciples of all nations we must hold on to our cultural identities. Even Paul said, “I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” (1 Cor 9:22) What Paul was teaching in this context is how he, without compromising his principles, becomes a part of the culture around him for the sake of the gospel.
God will come back for a bride that consist of “all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues” (Rev 7:9). The question is can the church see the beauty of His colorful creation?