In Living Color(s) — The Great Divide

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I remember, as a child, not knowing I was brown until it was pointed out to me. I was maybe six years old and very confused! I didn’t see color at all! Ever since, that’s all I have been able to see—not in a negative way, but it is highlighted in everything. Babydolls, movies, TV shows, commercials … they all lack the same thing: color. The color I see every day.

Why is that?!

Fashion is based on the entire concept of color, yet the color that naturally drapes a person’s skin is somehow taboo or wrong in some sense. Is there a right color or a wrong color? Absolutely not. Because God made each and every color, and he makes no mistakes.

So why are there thoughts of one color being better than the others? The first reason that comes to my mind is pride. Pride is what gives the idea that something is “lesser than” or “greater than.” Pride is what causes division and wrong-sided thinking. It is a barrier to racial unity. Proverbs 13:10 states “pride leads to conflict.” God does not want us to be in conflict over his creation.

James 4:6-7 (NKJV)
But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

As a woman of color, I have experienced several times the discomfort of people who were not accustomed to diversity. I have been at the receiving end of shocked reactions when I speak or when discussing my credentials. I’ve been asked by complete strangers if they can touch my, or my daughter’s, hair. (I really don’t get that one!) It doesn’t offend me, but it definitely baffles me most times. Am I so different? Is my curly hair really that foreign? Am I supposed to be dangerous or frightful because I am bronzed-skinned? Aren’t we all God’s creation, fearfully and wonderfully made in his image?

Philippians 2:3-6
3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.

I was blessed to grow up in a very diverse community, and most of my friends are outside of my race. I am thankful for these relationships and our openness to ask questions of each other .  There is a willingness and desire to learn about each other’s races and cultures. These conversations break down barriers and allow us to grow true and loving connections.

Philippians 2:7
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave.

By going to the cross, Jesus gave us the ultimate example of humility. He gave up what was rightfully his and put others first to the point of giving up his life for them. When we live in humility, following Jesus’ example, we remove the barrier of pride.

How can you take time to learn about races other than your own? What personal biases do you think you may have that could lead you to think of yourself as better than someone else?

How does Jesus’ example of humility teach us to break through our pride?

Next Steps:
Recognize that God is the creator, and he made no mistakes when he made his children in every color. Let God allow you to see the world as he desires, in living color.

Dear Lord, thank you for loving us and making us in your image. Each and every color is perfectly and expertly designed by you. Open our hearts to your grace and love for our neighbor. Let our eyes see as you would have us see, and let our hearts receive the same. In Jesus’ name, amen!

This post was written by TreVe Carter. TreVe is a housewife. She loves taking care of her two daughters and Mother. When’s she is not beating her husband in Jeopardy, she serves at Cedar Creek on Brew Crew. She loves Jesus. She also loves to cook and bake and one day would love to compete on the Holiday Baking Championship.

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2 replies
  1. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    Thank you for sharing TreVe. I’ve struggled all my life with feeling “less” than others. I’m so glad I learned that God doesn’t make mistakes and he loves each one of us equally. Loving myself has taught me to love others more deeply.

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