Saturday, April 9, 2016

Color Blind

If you look up - color blind - on Google - you will be taken to Wikipedia which describes it as the inability or decreased ability to see color or perceive color differences under normal lighting conditions. It is estimated that about eight percent of males of Northern European ancestry have this condition - much less in women. This condition was first recognized in 1798. The gene for color is found on  the X chromosome which explains why women are affected less since they have two X chromosomes versus men who have only one X chromosome. Even if the gene is missing on one chromosome in women - the gene on the second X chromosome is enough to allow them to see and discern between colors. Although interesting - the issue to address is the current issue of - lives that matter - that people of color - yellow - brown - red - white - black - are no different than people of different languages or cultures - as if a yellow skinned person is more or less important than a brown or red skinned person. Color is an inherited trait - none of us selected the color of our skin - most of us do not look at a person's color as the first thing we notice - rather the eyes - the windows of the heart - the gateway to really knowing another. 
When God created mankind - He allowed for variations in skin color - texture - based on the region in which people lived - different skin types developed in response to environmental influences - as a means of protection from the elements. When He created mankind - He was not focused on the skin color - rather that the skin would be strong - yet pliable - able to reproduce itself - to grow as the body grew - to afford protection from the sun - heat - other environmental factors. He created each one of us to be equal - with the same opportunities - same hopes - same dreams. To God each and every one of us is extremely important - every one of our lives matters - each of us has significance. As children of God - we should all share that same belief - no matter what the color of another is - all lives matter.

Deacon Dale