Puyallup: Opinion

Faith: Don’t forget we are all children of God — regardless of skin color

Racism doesn’t make sense to me. I’m not saying that I am perfect; that I never ever judge someone according to their race. We all do on some level whether we want to admit it or not.

What I am saying is that it doesn’t make sense in the eyes of God.

If you’re like me, you’ve had a whole host of emotions rushing over you these past couple weeks. We’ve read and heard about young men being killed by police officers (and I’m not making any judgments here), police officers being killed by snipers, protesters getting out of control, violence, hatred, division, judging … (screaming) … when will the madness stop?

A friend of mine recently commented on Facebook that he was ready to run away and withdrawal from the world. He continued, though, by saying that to do that would be to let Satan win. And we can’t afford to do that. Satan is running rough shod over this world and it must stop.

“Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.

But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.” (Galatians 3:23-29)

And to continue that sentiment, “there is no black or white, American or Hispanic, civilian or police officer”, etc, etc. For through faith in Jesus Christ we are all one, children of God, regardless of skin color and nationality. But yet, too many people seem to forget about this, including yours truly.

We can easily cry tears of frustration and lamentation as we urge society, “Can’t we all just get along?” But the call is greater than that. It’s not just about trying to “get along,” but rather viewing people through the proper eyes. For if we truly saw one another as God does, then walls would be broken down and sides would be reunited.

This racism thing is just plain silly (We don’t allow the word “stupid” in our household). We are creations of God, beautifully and wonderfully made and to judge someone based on skin color devalues that someone who is highly valued in God’s eyes. And why do we think we can devalue God’s creation? As the saying goes, “God does not make junk.”

Let’s get our eyes checked and begin to see people for who they really are: God’s beautifully and wonderfully made children. Racism does not make sense because it’s not of God and, in a word, it’s “silly.”

Pastor Eric Hullstrom leads the congregation at Living Word Lutheran Church (LCMC) in Puyallup. His personal site is heartofapastor.wordpress.com.