Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, 3 and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. Genesis 7:2-3
Like millions of other people, I’ve enjoyed watching the amazing fetes of strength and endurance on display during the Tokyo Olympics. The way humans can push themselves mentally and physically to limit – just because they want to – is astounding. No other creature on this planet puts themselves through so much hardship and pain just to reach a self-imposed goal.
But what really fascinates me when watching the Olympics is the beauty of God’s diversity. In just one 200 meter heat you will see people of every color. I saw a picture of two United States track athletes embracing in exhausted joy. One had a creamy caramel color skin and another a jet black skin tone. And just to the side was an athlete with skin as white as snow. It was beautiful. All colors of skin tone from the whitest white to cream and light tan to black as night. And all God’s creation.
Today I praise God for His diverse creation. For not making us all the same yet still having the same desires to be loved, liked, admired. For being so different and yet still afraid of so many of the same things.
I’m fortunate enough to live in a pretty diverse community. In the United States, even though the news might make it seem different, there’s diversity in almost all communities. And for the most part we get along gloriously. The same can’t be said of every country. I believe God made us so diverse because He loves beauty. Yet He made us so much alike so that we could still relate to each other.
The young Indian family that lives to the left of me, the Chinese family that lives to the right, and the Filipino family that’s a few houses up all have the same desires that I do. To have healthy families, good jobs, to enjoy a walk around the block or a backyard BBQ with friends. There’s so much the same in all our differences.
When I was raising my kids just a few years ago that was the message our schools, families, churches and media wanted to get across to them. Multi-culturalism was something to be celebrated. It’s sad to hear that message change. As a Christian we mustn’t fall prey to demonizing one of God’s creations over the other. That’s sliding backwards into old territory.
News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. Matthew 4:24
You’ll notice in the Matthew verse that Jesus healed all. He didn’t select who He thought was the better person based on skin color, country of origin, race or gender. He loved all and called all to Him. Wouldn’t it be a great message for the world to say Christians don’t favor or degrade any person, no matter those outward identities? To remind the people that God made us all – wonderfully? That black or white or brown or any variation can be healed by turning their lives over to Jesus?
The next time you have the chance to watch an international sporting event take a moment and say a praise to God. For His amazingly diverse creations. For being a God who simply loves beauty and welcomes all into His kingdom.