In God's eyes, the pigment of one's skin has no bearing on one's value

Pastor Jeff Struecker

For the past several weeks, we have been taking a deep dive into humanity. What was this creature when God originally got his hands in the dust of the earth and built a human being and then breathed into his nostrils, the breath of life?

What did God make? What was God’s original plan? We’ve talked about being created in the image of God. We’ve talked about how God made us unique and special and there’s nobody else in history like you.

We talked about how God created us to need other people. He created us to be in relationship with himself and with other human beings, which naturally brings us to this new chapter in mid-week worship.

When we talk about race and ethnicity in the United States, we just wrapped up black history month (February) and black history month didn’t exist decades ago.

It came because many African-Americans in our country felt like they were treated as less than human, just because of the color of their skin. In fact, for most of the history of my country, people that had a darker skin color were always treated differently just because of the pigment of their skin.

Let me talk about race and this beautiful kaleidoscope of colors that God made when He created human beings and then scattered them all over the globe.

Did you know that differences in race actually honor God? They glorify God. They show us just how amazing this creator is. How God gave humans culture and language. And by the way, God is the reason why our skin colors are different and those differences are not bad.

They are beautiful and they exalt God and I can prove it to you from the bible. I want you to commit this one bible verse to memory. Would you memorize this one verse from the book of Acts and join with the rest of 2 Cities Church? Parents, would you recite this verse by memory and ask your children to recite this verse from Acts 10:34 by memory?

Memory Verse

Let me tell you why I selected this verse. Because in the context of this verse, Peter has been raised as a good Jewish boy to recognize that his race is different than others, literally there are two different races. His race and everybody else in the world (Gentiles.

When Peter was a boy, he would have heard that it was wrong for Jews to associate with Gentiles. Didn’t matter what kind of language they spoke, didn’t matter what color of skin they had. It was just wrong for you to associate with a Gentile if you were a good Jewish boy.

While Peter was sleeping he had a dream. And Peter recognizes that this dream came from God. In this dream, God shows Peter that he created all of the things and people in this world. And although the dream is about animals and food, Peter immediately understands this dream isn’t about bacon or ham. This dream is about people and this dream is God’s way of showing me, for the first time in my life, that God created people with different cultures, ethnicities, and languages.

They have different colors of skin and He doesn’t favor one person, one color of skin, one culture over another.

I think it’s important for us to hear what Peter has to say, especially in a world that is so divided today by absolutely everything from the smallest subcultures to the biggest aspects of what makes you, you. The world that we live in is divided, and sometimes hostile against you because of your culture, because of your ethnicity, because of your color of skin.

So here’s what I want us to do. I want us to get real and honest about this for just a second. See, I’m going to give you a question and I don’t want you to answer the question immediately. I want you to think about it. Because it’s an important question, especially in this extremely divided world that we live in 2022.

Here’s the question. Think about your culture. Think about your ethnicity, all of those things about your upbringing.

A Challenge

What are the parts about it that you really, really love? And a word of this question is this way on purpose.

Because there are people that will criticize 10,000 things about your culture and your ethnicity. But I want you to hang on to the things that you love the most about it. I want you to hang on to those things and I want you to cherish those things.