The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings (Jeremiah 17:9-10).
To some people, there is nothing to you below the surface of your skin. Their estimation of you is that shallow.
Last week, Mia Love was elected to the United States Congress from the state of Utah. Within days of her election the name-calling began. A contributor to the leftist Huffington Post wrote of Mrs Love:
“She looks black but her politics are red.”
and then again that her skin color and gender seem to be:
“diametrically opposed to her values that are grounded in a white, male, Christian context.“
Mia Love acts and thinks like a “white, male, Christian” as opposed to what? … a black, female, pagan?
Fifty years ago the American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr envisioned a day when his own four children would be judged, not “by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” That day has yet to arrive because of sin. Sin causes us to group people together on surface issues. It leads us to judge on unchangeable outward attributes. It corrals entire masses into blocs based on shallow assumptions.
In anointing a new king for Israel, God reminded the prophet Samuel, Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).
God’s people must imitate Him.
When the Day of Judgment arrives, God won’t be looking at the color of your skin, the depth of your education, your economic standing, age, nationality, or whether you are a man or a woman. He will judge whether or not you are found in Christ, not having your own righteousness … but that righteousness which is through faith in Christ (Philippians 3:9).
Is your heart right with God?