Color of My Skin

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I have told people over the years my long-time pastor who went on to be with Jesus was as black as a black man can be. I am as white as a white woman can be. He was my father in Christ. I loved him beyond measure. Our skin color didn’t matter. Never mind how dark-skinned he was and how light-skinned I am. Our hearts were knit together like God created human hearts to be.

Truth is I am incredibly pale white in winter. But oh, how I love the sunshine. I get a really good suntan in summertime so my skin color darkens. Should I be loved less when I’m dark-skinned and more when I’m white? Of course not. Nor should I or anyone else love anybody less or not love at all because of the color of the skin that God almighty gave them.

But if you so choose to judge and condemn a man, woman, or child or treat them differently because of the color of the skin the Lord gave them, you are sinning against God almighty and will be held accountable. What matters most to God isn’t our outward appearance but our hearts – and our words and actions.

And if your heart, words, and actions in the eyes of God almighty show you judge a human He created by the color of that person’s skin, you will be held responsible before God when you stand before Him one day unless you repent now.

Now is the time to repent for any and all sin. Including sin that regards the color of a human being’s skin. Turn from your sins, believe in Jesus Christ as Lord, in His death and resurrection, and surrender yourself humbly and wholly to God and His ways.

Remember God knows all our thoughts. Even if our words and actions don’t show prejudice against a person’s skin color, if our hearts are prejudiced, this still is sin. Purge sin from your heart, words, and actions, friend, and look to the Lord and the Bible to learn how to live the right way. God’s way.

And God’s way when it comes to skin color is this. He commands us to love Him with all our hearts and others as ourselves. This is not contingent on skin color. It is contingent on the Lord Jesus Christ.

My skin is relatively dark as I write this because I have been blessed with a few months in the southern sunshine. At some point, my suntan will fade again. Will you look at me and act toward me and think of me differently depending on whether I have my pale winter color or my suntanned skin?

Will you judge another by the color of his or her skin? Oh, may it not be so! Purge yourself of any and all prejudice. Now, now, now is the time to repent! Amen!

“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”” 1 Samuel 16:7

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:10

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