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Topic: Light and Dark (05/21/09)
TITLE: Shades of Character
By Tabitha Person
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How can such a trivial observation set people apart?
Families destroyed and friendships broken,
Color-a subliminal partition- to taboo to be spoken.
Who is superior and where is it written?
The inner man-the part that is hidden
Is secondary….for skin color FIRST captures our attention.
Preconceived notions and things we’ve heard
Assemble at the forefront of our mind,
As we consciously plan and rehearse every word.
Trying not to offend, but somehow it happens!
My world, your world collide -
So it is with the masses.
We move back to our corners where it safe;
This process makes it so difficult to share our faith.
Christ didn’t die for the light or the dark,
We introduced those barriers-grace, He imparts.
Why must we let our differences separate into a loss?
Surely, the ground is level at the foot of the cross.
Doesn’t light and dark have a role to play?
We were born into darkness – before our new birth anyway.
The Lord is our light!
Made in similitude, we should celebrate our differences;
He made us fearfully and wonderfully-as the Psalm 139 mentions.
Whether skin is light or dark needs no recognition,
Building character in Christ will put an end to this ungodly dissension.
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