Everything is Secondary, week 2

Ethnic allegiance must be secondary to our allegiance to God.

“So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation, anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching the good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all)” (Acts 10).

When I was in high school, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney released a song called “Ebony and Ivory.” It summed up the state of racial disharmony from a position of hope for a better future. They sang,

“We all know that people are the same wherever you go.

There is good and bad in ev’ryone.

We learn to live when we learn to give

Each other what we need to survive, together alive”

(Paul McCartney, 1982, © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Tratore)

Still image from The Paul McCartney Project, February 1982

That song wouldn’t fly today. Instead of growing toward a unified humanity, we have become a nation of intersectionalities and hyphenations. We are categorized as either oppressed or oppressors based on where our ancestors lived and the amount of melanin in our skin or the texture of our hair. Our physical differences are not meant to divide us, but rather to delight us in the beauty of diversity. Like the trees of the forests, whose leaves vary in shape, size, and shade, create a depth of wonder, we see God’s creative hand in the variations of how we look, each person unique. Or look at the colors of the earth from which all of humanity was formed: rich mahogany, ivory sand, warm sienna, desert ecru, and every other possible combination. Is one beach better than any other because its sand is tinted pink, black, or gold? Of course not. For those who love the sea, the variations add to the experience of being part of creation.

John M. Perkins (2018) wrote, “We know just by looking at God’s creation that He delights in diversity, even as that diversity is rooted in common traits. Did you know, for example, that there are more than 31,000 species of fish? They make up endless…



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By Stephanie Loomis: Lover of Jesus, Wife, Mom, Ama, Writer, Teacher, Photographer, Singer, Athlete, Artist...a modern Renaissance woman.