Perfect Articulation

We were with a group of friends a few weeks ago and we went down the "Race" road. At first it was easy going but I knew we were gonna hit a pot hole the further down the road we went.

Where we hit it was when the hypothetical arose "if your daughter came home and said there are two guys of equal love for the lord, economical status. etc, one is white one is black, would you tell you daughter you prefer her date the white guy?" The answer was yes. Granted they made the argument for cultural differences and hardship for an interracial couple and they really are good God loving people but I was still distressed by the preference. They stated that the grandparents didn't want their children to have black children over to the house and be close friends with them because they didn't want to set an environment that would encourage interracial unions, they didn't want the child to think it was "ok" to marry a black person. This couple didn't endorse that view, they think their parents are much more racist then they are and they are right. Every generation gets further and further away from that "we are superior" attitude. I think most of my friends vary on what they consider "racist".

I am a Southerner so my first initial thought when I see a big black man walking towards me IS fear. But like Denise, one of the counselors I work for, said, "we are not responsible for that first thought, just what we think next and how we proceed from there." I really try not to think the thoughts that have been taught to me as far as race is concerned. I try to treat every person without prejudice I don't always succeed but I do try.

The bottom line to me is we are either part of the problem or part of the solution. Dean and I are so honored that God saw fit to give us Steele. We love that people look and it makes them uncomfortable, discomfort gets you moving-hopefully in the right direction. I love that everyday there are more interracial couples and more interracial children. We are all human beings created in Gods image, He doesn't see color, period.

As I got all railed up and made a mess of trying to make my point to my friends, my dear friend Ammye was sitting quietly just taking it all in. When we finally stopped arguing, she perfectly delivered Gods word on the matter; "Matthew 22: 36 'Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?' 37 Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'[b] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'[c] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." She continued by telling us how thinking we are superior is not loving your neighbor as yourself. One color person is not more superior then the other period and there is no place for that kind of thinking in Christ.

I often say that I love Anne Coulter and wish I had her wit but more then anyone I wish I had a smiggin of Ammye's articulation, vocabulary, grace and anointing in delivering the gentle yet cutting sword of the word. She's good, she's real good!

Comments

Anonymous said…
I am completely confused by the "social hardship" argument. I want my children to have happy, godly marriages, and if that is with a black person or mexican, or any non-white race, I could not care less.
Anonymous said…
It's hard enough being married to your own race (not speaking from experience). I can't imagine trying to make an interracial marriage work. But some do!
Cajun Tiger said…
The proper answer to the hypotetical question is - the one that God has placed in her life to marry regardless of race, background or economic status.

It is harder in the south, but God never promised following His will would be easy.