I see color.

 
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So many times when racial controversy arises, I hear people against it say, "I don't even see color." I, personally, have never understood this saying. Unless color blind, your eyes simply see color; unfortunately, there are some (or rather, many) who discriminate based off skin pigmentation. As silly and sad as this may be, it is a reality due to sin. 

This sin is said to travel all the way back to the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11 where humans wanted to build a tower that reached all the way to the heavens. To cease this from happening, God confused their languages which resulted in groups of people being separated from one another. Since groups were scattered over the face of the whole earth, each group in each region developed their own physical traits and ethnic characteristics (which is where race comes in). Those who lived in places with higher latitudes (where there is less light) had lighter skin to produce vitamin D, while those who lived near the equator had darker skin to protect them from the sunlight. Over much time, these characteristics carried into the gene pool. And sadly, because of more sin, overtime people began to hate others due to their "race".

For instance, my loving husband who has a much lighter pigmentation than I volunteers at a refugee facility. One day he was playing with a young Syrian girl and mentioned that he was married to a beautiful woman. When the little girl asked to see a picture of me I assume she was expecting to see a woman with white skin such as my husband's. And to her dismay, her eyes rested upon a picture of a "dark" woman, to which she responded, "she is not beautiful. She is ugly because her skin is dark." Of course what she said was wrong and a bit hurtful but 1. she saw color darker than hers and my husband's (and) 2. she was raised to believe that dark skin/ dark people are disgraceful (which is a whole different topic I could rant and share my heart on).

It does break my heart that people hate others simply based off color, but it also breaks my heart when people pretend they do not see color in order to avoid topics such as this. For the truth is that every person has color and everything in this world (and beyond) is colorful. God created the skies to be blue, sometimes orange,  and other times red with a hint of pink. And God created His people black, many white, and others brown with a hint of red. 

We, God's people, may be of different colors, but we are of one race: His chosen race.

"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light"- 1 Peter 2:9.