My friend Liz posted this quote on her facebook this week and I think it speaks volumes about God’s view of race and discriminating people because of the color of their skin.
Race has become a topic that John and I have had to think about a little more often these days; considering we’ll be adopting a child of a different ethnicity.
I’ve never considered myself racist, but growing up i was taught that white people marry white people and black people marry black people. That if God had intended for them to mix, he wouldn’t have made so many different races.
When we decided to adopt from Ethiopia we realized we would probably face some criticism for adopting a black baby.
At first I wondered how I would handle people’s negative comments, questions and stares. How would I protect my child from the ugliness? Those concerns faded pretty quickly after digging into God’s word and reading this quote, which literally brought me to tears.
I also kept replaying this song from my childhood over and over again in my head:
All of those split-second concerns have now disappeared. Now I can’t imagine NOT bringing home our Ethiopian baby. I see photos of babies like Solomon and Sophia and my heart just melts at the sight of their precious faces – but my heart also aches because I can’t wait to meet our baby.
After years of being told that people of different races weren’t supposed to intermarry, I was surprised to discover that the Bible had something completely different to say.
Moses (a Hebrew) was married to an Ethiopian woman! Her name was Zipporah. Moses’ sister, Miriam, judged him for marrying Zipporah (likely because of her race). Because of her judgement towards Moses, God caused Miriam to have leprosy. (Numbers 12)
WOW! I think God makes it pretty clear on how He feels when people judge others because of the color of their skin.
We are not to judge. We are to love!