Weekly Devotion

THE RACES ARE CANCELLED

What about different races?

“From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth.” -Acts 17:26

Several years ago a songwriter named Ray Stevens had a smash hit on the radio. His song was titled “Everything Is Beautiful.” The song began with a choir of children singing these words:  “Jesus loves the little children, all the little children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.” What Mr. Stevens meant to say was that all children are dear to Jesus. That’s a wonderful thought for all of us. The colors red and yellow, black and white were intended to represent the various races or colors of people. We often hear that there are white people and black people as well as Asian yellow people and Indian red people. Some would call them different races of people. But is that true?

When Jesus told his disciples to “Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven,” he did not mention different races. That is because there is no such thing as different races of people. Skin pigments produce color, and there is only one pigment, called melanin, that makes everyone’s skin color. There are two types of melanin-called eumelanin that gives the skin a brown or black color, and pheomelanin that colors the skin to a red or yellow. When we mix these together we get different shades of skin color. So there aren’t any people who have black skin or yellow skin, everyone begins with the same color skin. We just have different shades of skin. Interestingly, melanin also determines the color of our eyes so that people with eyes that have large amounts of melanin have brown eyes and those with small amounts have blue eyes. The same is true of hair. People with large amounts of melanin have black and brown hair and blond hair means there are lesser amounts.

We know that all people came from Adam and Eve and after the flood we have descended from Noah and his family. It is possible Noah and his family had middle brown skin. Then came the tower of Babel. What happened there? Because of the people’s selfish sin, the Lord divided them into many different languages so the people had to leave Babel and travel to other parts of the world. People no longer mixed with each other and one color became dominant. Skin color, eye shape and hair became common among certain family tribes. People living in hot sunny areas developed a darker skin to withstand the sun’s rays. Those with lighter skin colors could live in colder areas.

This means that there is only one race. We call it the HUMAN RACE. There is no white race or black race. All people belong to the human race because we all trace our families back to Adam and Eve. The differences we see in color only mean a difference in the amount and type of melanin. No color is better than another, and no color is inferior to any other. We are all the same. Acts 17:26 says, “From one man [God] made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth.”

We might say that the only different groups of people are those who believe in Jesus and those who do not. On the last day, the two groups will be sorted out, and God’s children will all be joined together in heaven. Anyone belonging to the human race can be saved because of Jesus’ death on the cross. We gladly share the wonderful message of Jesus with everyone, regardless of their skin color, because he loves them all.

In Christ, Mike Allard, Principal @ St. John’s