We all know that February is "Black History" month, when we honor all those who did great things for the black race in effort that all blacks be recognized as people. I had a few thoughts on the whole "black" and "white" issue in America over the weekend. Some people may take offense to what I have to say, but I pray that we all think long and hard on the matter. Martin Luther King's dream was that all men, black and white, live in peace and harmony amongst one another, AS MEN!! The line was drawn many, many years ago, but King wanted to erase that line. He wanted equal rights to be given to all men. This is how it should be. God did not draw the line. Man did!! Today, we honor King and all others like him who believed the same thing, yet we constantly hold on to the lines and titles of "black and white." There may no longer be signs on bathrooms, water fountains, and such that say, "colored" or "whites only;" but the lines still exist in our minds.
God created "man." Is there anyone out there ready and willing to argue otherwise??
For years of my own short life, I based my doings, deeds, likes, and dislikes on my "race." I wanted to be and do all that was "black." As God worked with me at times I did not even know it, I began to know other races and cultures and understand that people are people regardless to their skin tone or ethnic origins. During these times, I became "other." To this day, when filling out applications and paperwork that ask for race, I check "other." I have become the man that Martin Luther King, Jr wanted to see; a man who is just a man; a man who is not living in the constraints of race or color. I am the man God created me to be, A MAN OF GOD!!! God's Word is color blind. So, why can't I be color blind?? True enough, society labels me as a "black man," or an "African American." Sorry, but I refuse these titles!! I have to, if I want to be what God wants me to be. Besides, it would be unfair to the Native American in my blood and to the French in my blood, and who knows what else is there of which I am unaware. Who am I to choose my Heritage?? God gave me a heritage, and if I am to celebrate it, then I must be fair and recognize it ALL!! None of us are "pure" anything when it comes to race!! But we all are pure MEN and WOMEN!! God created MAN and WOMAN.
"Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all." -Proverbs 22:2-
You can substitute "rich" and "poor" in this scripture for "black" and "white, and it will still speak TRUTH! If God has created us all, then why do we constantly draw our own lines. You know, I think back to the movie, "Malcolm X," and remember the scene where there is a debate on the race and color of Jesus according to scripture. If we go back through history and find that Jesus was of the "darker persuasion," then what does that do for your soul?? The focus, when it comes to Jesus, should not be, what race can claim Him, but what His life means to us. Just as God created all, Jesus died for all.
I know I may be rambling with this message, but to sum it all up, I stopped being "black" a long time ago. I stop seeing men as "black" and "white" a long time ago. I am a man!! Furthermore, I AM A MAN of GOD!! Life is too short to focus on anything outside of God's Will for my life. If He says, "Bryan, don't waste time on such issues. My work is greater than that!!" then I have to let it be.
Please don't think that I am belittling anything done or achieved through bloodshed and tough times of those who fought diligently for civil rights and equal treatment. I thank God for them. It is now time to take mankind to another level, above race. Let that be our focus for the future generations. Our world needs help, and maintaining lines and barriers that have done nothing but keep men separated, does us no good!! Let us all be men and women under God. God does not care for the color of His servants. He cares for their deeds and works for Him. We are all just people in the eyes of God. The "Dream" is still alive and we can still bring it to reality with the renewing of our minds and a clear view of God's mission for our individual lives.
As I stated before, God's Word is color blind. It must be our focus. His Word is good for all, and if we truly apply it to our lives to the fullest, then we will see that the barriers and lines of our world are all in our own minds and are all our own doings.
Bryan Hollomon Williams