Skin is a protective covering, not a marketing label

Skin is a protective covering, not a marketing label. It’s not supposed to define who we are. Dividing people into skin-color-based categories and putting them in tiers, has enabled much hate and caused many tears.

Categorizing and looking down on people because of the pigmentation of their epidermis, has never made sense to me. Categories divide. Race is one of the most divisive and hate-producing categories ever used by human beings.

All skin color is equal. Anything that overshadows that equality is sin. Every form I have to fill out asks my “race,” but none of them give me the option of “human.” Isn’t that “race-baiting?”

My race is human;
Yours is too.
We can’t change that,
No matter what we do.

Race is fiction. It’s a mythical idea, created in the 1500s, to devalue Africans and sanction their enslavement by Europeans. (Instead of dividing humanity into color-based categories in the 1500s, they could have made the categories height-based: 6-footers, 5-footers, & 4-footers.)

If we would leave “race” and pictures of ourselves off of online job applications, employers couldn’t discriminate by “race” before they meet an applicant.

Pride promotes misunderstanding and conflict. Humility embraces compassion and equality. Kindness confuses angry people and makes them question their hostility. The answer’s been blowing in the wind far too long. Let’s put down our pride and pick up boundless kindness and compassion.

When looters interrupt peaceful protests, it seems unfair for “fake news media” to call the whole thing a “riot.” In a Christ-filled heart there is no room for malice.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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