Seeing skin color like we see eye color (a blue-eyed guy’s thoughts)

I grew up with blue-eyed people. There’s no eye-colorism, but history sure made a racist, big deal about skin color (and we’re not over it yet).

Who’d have thought that 50 shades of brown skin (dark brown to very light brown) would have been used to stir up human hatred? It’s time to see skin color the way we see eye color–as a physical characteristic that says nothing about who a person is.

Skin color doesn’t matter (although history sure made it a big deal). Eye color doesn’t matter (history got that one right). Humans have never used eye color as an excuse to abuse and/or traffic people. (It’s sad we can’t say the same about skin color.)

Police are never accused of shooting people because of eye color. No one needs to say, “Blue-eyed lives matter.”

When people talk about eye color they aren’t accused of eye-color-baiting, but they are often accused of race-baiting at the mention of skin color. If people can be accused of “playing the race card,” why can’t they be accused of playing “the eye color card”?

I’m blue-eyed, but I’m nice to brown-eyed people. I even have brown-eyed friends. I’m blue-eyed, but I don’t have a problem with brown-eyed people. Not everything is about eye-color.

If someone said to me, “Steve, you’re not like the other blue-eyed people,” I’d wonder what they meant by that. If someone told you, “I have blue-eyed friends,” you’d wonder what’s making them make a big deal about that.

America has never used redlining or legal segregation to divide people into blue-eyed a d brown-eyed neighborhoods. We don’t need blue-eyed churches and brown-eyed churches. Christians aren’t supposed to be separated because of color.

Green and hazel,
Brown and blue,
We don’t boo
People by eye hue.

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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