There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Recently, while watching “Animal Planet”. I learned quite a bit of detail concerning a South African bird, the social weaver, that welcomes birds of other species and colors to nest with it. The weavers and the other birds all fly, sing, and hatch their young together. Their differing hues only add to the beauty of their group, much like an array of mixed flowers creating a breathtaking sight. A field of flowers of only one type of color, although beautiful, cannot match the variegated mixture’s stunning display.
A close friend of mine and her family are much like these multi-colored birds. He is white, she is black, and their daughter says she is “brown.” Unfortunately, the three of them have experienced the pain of being treated unfairly based solely on their variation of color. Others attempt to pigeonhole them because of prejudices born out of ignorance.
In the scripture from Galatians, Paul teaches us we are all one in Christ Jesus. As a child I often sang “Jesus Loves the Little Children.” Part of the songs lyrics say, “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight”–and yes, brown too. God created many variations; no two of us are alike, and each of us is precious to God.
God sees beauty in our variety. Shouldn’t we?