This isn’t about a movement.
It’s about us. All of us. Us as in you, me, and everyone around us.
We are all colored people.
Whatever the color of your skin, you are a person of color. And regardless of your color, you matter.
When God made you, he created a person – a soul – wrapped in a human blanket of colored skin. Even within our colors, the shades can vary.
Our colors may be different, but we all start the same way, born as babies with only the thoughts of comfort and nourishment.
There’s a song by DC Talk called “Colored People”. The song suggests that while God made us to look different, he also makes us the same through his amazing grace.
Pardon me, your epidermis is showing, sir
I couldn’t help but note your shade of melanin
I tip my hat to the colorful arrangement
Cause I see the beauty in the tones of our skin
Rather than divide us, our colors should unite us.
Every color matters. Every color is beautiful. Every color is God created.
Ignorance has wronged some races
And vengeance is the Lord’s
If we aspire to share this space
Repentance is the cure
Our history is rife with pain and injustice. Explain it away however you choose, but it really comes down to sin. Yours and mine. Since Cain killed Abel, sin has been ever present and waiting to tear us apart. Yet we have the power through God to say no and desire to love.
Either is a choice and our hearts only have room for one, so choose wisely.
A piece of canvas is only the beginning for
It takes on character with every loving stroke
This thing of beauty is the passion of an Artist’s heart
By God’s design, we are a skin kaleidoscope
What a difference you and I can make in this world if we truly see our colors as beautiful. It is no accident you were born the color you were. You were created by God to be you. Designed even before birth. As the Psalms say “knit together in the womb” (Psalm 139:13-18). As Ephesians say “a masterpiece created for great things” (Ephesians 2:10).
That is about YOU!
As the song says, “by God’s design, we are a skin kaleidoscope.” Imagine how dull a kaleidoscope would be if it was only one color!
We’re colored people, and they call us the human race
We’re colored people, and we all gotta share this space
We’re colored people, and we live in a tainted world
We’re colored people, every man, woman, boy, and girl
We don’t get out of this world alive. We live around others who are like us and different from us. We live in a world where hate and injustice make the headlines daily. Where sin divides and tears us down.
We, you and I, can decide to embrace our differences, our colors, and see them as God sees us – beautifully created by the Master artist for great things.