Do you remember coloring crayons? They are still around but not as popular as they once were as now we have markers, colored pencils, and computer/tablet coloring. (Ask my grandchildren how that works.) However, I remember as a child getting a new box of crayons at the start of each school year. (Yes, even in college!!) How excited I was to see, and even smell, those new crayons. It might have been a box of 8 or 16 or 32, but it was always a special time to open and see the bright and familiar colors and perhaps a new color! Recently I picked up a box in the store and there were 128 colors. Wow, I would have really been excited to get that many colors.
Our youngest local granddaughter, Addy, asked me a while back, “Papooh, what is your favorite color?” I answered, as I always do, “blue.” As she looked in her box of many crayons, she countered with “which blue?” There were several shades and hues of blue, so many that even I had a difficult time deciding which was my favorite.
Our world, even our nation, is made up of lots of colors, and shades, and hues. We should have no favorites. Could I say to you, God does not have a favorite color; in fact, I would say He is color-blind. (If He did have a favorite, I would think it would be red, as in the crimson flow that washes white as snow, the blood of His only begotten Son, spilt on Calvary for every person of every color, tribe, and nation.) Yes, I know I am taking some pastoral liberties with those statements about God, but they serve to help us understand and see how special all people are to Him.
Friends, I look around and see the divisiveness that has become so prevalent in our nation; and it breaks my heart. I believe it breaks the heart of our Lord Jesus, who gave His life for all, every color in the box! I recently read a quote from the British economist, sociologist, historian, Frederick Hertz, who died in 1964. He wrote, “At the heart of racism is the religious assertion that God made a creative mistake when he brought some people into being.” Stop and think about that for a minute; God did not and does not make mistakes!
Will you join me in both recognizing that God has created all with equal worth and equal access to His love and grace, and call upon Him for a healing for our Nation? I believe it can happen, but not by our wishing it so, but by our praying diligently the words of 2 Chronicles 7:14. “If my people will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and heal their land.” Oh God, that is my prayer! Cause me to see my world with your eyes and heart. Cause me to be color-blind.
No favorites! Every color is beautiful because God made it.