I have brown hair (well, most of the time), hazel eyes, and pale skin. The man sitting next to me has black hair, dark caramel skin, and deep brown eyes.
We don’t look at all alike, but we came from the same place and we will end up the same. After all, the Bible tells us that we “all go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return” (Ecclesiastes 3:20 NIV).
So why do we treat each other differently? Why do we hold one group accountable for the actions of a few? Why do we spread hate based solely on skin color (or any other trait, for that matter)? Why do we put our guard up when around certain people, but not others?
Is history really our best teacher? To learn from, yes – so we don’t make the same mistakes again. But, to mimic history to create a future? Not in the slightest.
Everyone has something to bring to the table. In fact, did you know that Jesus invited everyone to his table? He ate with tax collectors and sinners of all types. And, his disciples did, too.
While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:15-17 (NIV)
There are riches to be found in a melting pot. My family is a melting pot. When we sit down to dinner each night, we have a mix of different faces with different colors and different sizes – each with different personalities and different stories. In fact, we are just a whole lotta different.
Why would anyone want everyone to be alike? Jesus didn’t … and neither should you.