The first iteration of this post was written on August 24th, of 2011. As my mind's thoughts pinged and ponged, back and forth between the world and my actual life, I was reminded of this post. I have mentioned before, in other writings, that I don't necessarily hitch rides on bandwagons. I don't think any human was designed for such. Yet, I do believe that all mankind was designed to be on the same page when it comes to the God of all Creation, allowing Him to show us the ways of our lives and all that He has called us to be. This morning, I thought about Martin Luther King Jr. and how hard it must have been for him to operate, live, and lead by God's Truth alone. To stand strong, in faith, against a system that simply promoted and protected evil, is utterly amazing! By God, all things are possible! Think of the man, whom Dr. King is named after, Martin Luther. He stood strong, in God's Truth, against the corruption found in the Roman Catholic church in the late 1400's and early 1500's.
Now for the 1st rendition of "No Riots At Crayola":
At birth, I was looked at, labeled, and crammed into a bucket called "black" (although my eyes were grey and my hair was blonde). Growing up I learned to look black, talk black, act black, and be black because that's what society told me to do. At the age of 14, God started to hold conversations with me about how things are, but most importantly about how things are supposed to be. I started to challenge traditional teachings and paddle against the flow. I no longer cared about black, something the world has claimed me to be. My only concern became that which God has called me to be and see. Friends, as well as family have been offended at times by my choice to simply be.
Does this offend you when I say that there is NOTHING black about me, except my "Be Bold" bracelet with Acts 4:29, on my wrist?
Too many of us are imprisoned by worldly words we are given to live by, when in fact, there is only ONE WORD by which we ALL should live. As Bob Marley said a while back, "Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds." As long as we allow ourselves to reside in categories , we will always find conflict. Black hates white, Red trusts no one, brown is cool but sometimey and shadey, yellow is all over the place, blue wants everybody to get along, orange is stupid. Makes no sense, right?? Well, why claim a color to define your life?? If you choose to be colored, at least take note of the fact that you have never seen riots at the Crayola factory.........
At this point in life, we are enslaved, not by the ignorance of others, but by the ignorance that exists in our own minds and beings.........
Now, another thought came to mind this morning. It's about the word "Human", which we all are. Okay man is in "human" but does "hu" mean anything as a stand alone word?? So, I did a little bit of google and Strong's and Bible Works 9. This is one of the things I found: "Hu" means God, in Sufism. It is also found in the Islamic credo, "La Ilaha Ila Allah Hu" which means, "There is no God but Allah." Look at Genesis 1:26, "Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image; in our likeness......." Do I need to spell it out at this point? Hu-Man? God created little images and reflections of Himself in mankind. Then, He gave us free will. He pulled Adam from the Earth; the clay, as some call it. Speaking of Earth, it comes is various colors of dirt, sand, and soil, yet all from ONE Earth. Every man and woman should be operating in God's image and likeness. His image and likeness is not a physical thing. It's a spiritual thing. There is great potential for God to live in each of us! We simply have to allow it (Free Will). It's the only true way to be of use to Him. Limiting yourself to one race's, one country's, one state's frame on mind or way of living renders you useless to the greater cause of God. God is for ALL, and as hard as that has been, for us to accept and live by, in America, in 2016 alone, we must allow God into our hearts. He changes hearts for the better. The only way to change a nation is by the changing of the individual hearts within that nation, one by one.
So, everyone grab some Crayolas and let's start creating some pretty pictures of life around us and in our homes!!!
Bryan Hollomon Williams