The Snake and Different Shades of Pale

By J. D. Pendry

When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created.Genesis 5:1-2

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children
Of the world.
Original Lyrics by C. Herbert Woolston

Mankind.  Each one of us made in God’s likeness.  Each one of us a different shade of pale.  People declare that no one knows what God looks like.  No one knows if He is white, black, brown, red, yellow.  But we do know.  He is all of those.  “When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God.”  The specifications, as far as I can tell from scripture, did not include colors.  Still, as humankind tends to do, we began judging people, among a hundred other things, because of their skin tone.  Sometimes we forget.  Since none of us have seen God and lived to talk about it, let’s accept that everyone you see is “in the likeness of God.”  If you accept that there is a God, doesn’t it follow that you believe He made all of us in His likeness.  Then shouldn’t we also love our neighbors as ourselves.

I am neither Preacher nor Biblical scholar, but what I know is from the time Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, the mankind God created in His likeness have been turning away from Him.  Ever since the serpent convinced them, you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Apparently, we are not very good at being like God. He does a much better job separating good from evil.

Take a look around.  Everyone seems focused on skin tone or some other identity.  We hear about people of color.  We are all people of color, different shades of one color.  We are one race.  The human race.  And we are allowing ourselves to be torn apart.  Torn apart by people who have no interest in loving their neighbor.  They prefer the snake’s approach of separating us from God and then from each other all the while trying to convince us evil is good.

Here in America our national motto is “In God We Trust.”  When we return to our founding documents, we find declarations owing to our Creator, appealing to His judgement on the goodness of our intentions, and asking for his protection as we go forth:

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

“We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions…”

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Biblically, we have but one identity, “made in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them.” Anything beyond that is a worldly invention, not a creation of God.  We have given away our one identity and replaced it with skin tones, gender, political ideology, religion, and you name it.  It is up to each one of us the choose a path.  The serpent’s or God’s.

For us, it’s becoming increasingly difficult.  Through many of our man-made laws, we mock God.  There are snakes among us constantly spreading hatred and pushing us away from one another rather than bringing us together.  We witness that 24 hours a day in our unending news cycles.  We have moved a great distance from the nation that believed we were endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, that appealed to the Supreme Judge of the world for His blessing, and actively sought the protection of divine Providence.  In my view of the world, if we continue on our current path God will do what He’s done before.

…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

© 2019 J. D. Pendry  J. D. Pendry’s American Journal

2 Replies to “The Snake and Different Shades of Pale”

  1. JD Pendry Post author

    Dr. King had the answer: Judge people by the content of their character. We’ve managed to reduce even that to a political platitude. There’s only one true answer – 2 Chronicles 7:14. We are in a death spiral and it’s only as Americans with a common purpose that’ll we’ll escape it – and maybe reeducation for our millennials }:>)

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