It is no secret to anyone that hasn’t been living under a rock recently that the issue of race has been at the forefront of almost every major headline news due to the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case. I will not bore you with any more details, seeing that it has been shoved down our throats on a daily basis.
But since race has managed to be at the core of the subject, I decided to address this topic.
I do not understand this excessive obsession with race. I do not wake up every morning with the thought “I am a black man.” It is something I’m acutely aware of and have embraced for all my life. Being a black is a part of who I am, but it is does not define my image.
Allow me to reference the Holy Scriptures as an example:
Genesis 1:27 – “So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
1 Corinthians 6:19 – “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”
Race is the main component of our bodies. Sure, it is impossible to look at someone in their physicality without noticing their tone of skin. When one looks at me, they see with their natural eyes a dark skin color, but that serves as a complimentary feature to my main feature: the image of God.
We were put on this mass planet to reflect the image of Christ. His image is not of certain biological roots or a specific anatomical make up. His image is a reflection of unconditional love.
Is it possible to change the conversation from race to possessing the image of God. To walk in God’s image is to simply love people as yourself. The more you know God, to more you become like him. To more you become like him, the more you begin to love others. You will find yourself looking at their spiritual epidermis, not their natural one.
When one reflects the light of Christ, it transcends racial and social barriers. If the Christian individual is only making visible their ethnic features, they are not conformed in the image of Christ.
Perhaps we should adopt the mentality that it is Christ that is in us. We are beholding his features—love and compassion.
Our racial features, whether black or white, serves as a bonus feature to an already divinely made human canvas.