Different Colors, One People

Under our roof, my wife, kids, and I represent three nationalities, three different colors, and three cultures, not to mention languages.

Becky and I met in Eastbourne, England, a traditional coastal town boosting one of the highest populations of the older generation of people in the UK. We were good friends, despite the experience of shock I had gone through as an African boy plugging into the English culture, with no cultural awareness whatsoever. Few people expected that seven years later we would be getting married.

Four years of marriage have already come and gone, along with the added blessing of two young boys in our care. Many times, Becky and I see things from different perspectives, and people around us can not mistake that about us. But this is also a fun part of our lives that reminds us of God’s spontaneous and amazing grace.

The differences we experience beyond just being a “Man from Mars” and a “Woman from Venus” remind us of Christ’s work which transcends colors, nationalities, cultures, and languages. We have even cooked up some scenarios that may occur in the future:
Ben and Elliot: Mom, how come you are white?
Becky: I was born in England.
Ben and Elliot: Dad, how come you are black?
Donald: I was born in Africa.
Ben and Elliot: And how about us? Why are we brown?
Dad and Mom: Crazy kids, you were born in Latin America!

Although we are different colors, we are one people!

As we read God’s Word from Genesis to Revelation, we see every people and race under the heavens come together for one reason, and one reason only — to bring glory to God. If this is the primary purpose of our lives, it is an honor and a privilege for us to realize this under the same roof.

It is our prayer that God will accomplish the same miracle beyond it.

. . . and with Your blood You purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. — from Revelation 5:9

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” — Revelation 7:9-10

If this post touched your heart, please consider sharing it to serve as a reminder that though we hail from different cultures, races, and tribes, we are all one people placed here by the hand of our Creator to bring Him glory. May it be so in us!

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