In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. He created all of the plants, and every type of creature that swims or crawls through the waters, or flies through the air, or walks on the face of the earth. Then, God created man and woman.
I realize there are those who do not believe this; they choose instead to believe in evolution. But even if you believe in evolution, the result I am speaking of today is one in the same. We all are of one race; we all come from the same woman, far back in our history, really at the beginning of our history.
If you accept the veracity of the Bible, then you accept the statement in Genesis 3:20 that Eve is the mother of all people. That statement in underscored by God in Acts 17:26 when He says that He made all people of all nations from just one person. That “one” would be our original mother, Eve. So like it or not, we are all of the same race.
On the other hand, you may not believe in the Bible. OK, then listen to some microbiologists, who in 1983, with the help of a supercomputer, discovered that every single person on the face of the earth were born from one woman, who lived, probably 150,000 to 250,000 years ago, likely on the northeastern tip of Africa, or possibly somewhere in the area of the Middle-east known as the Fertile Crescent.
As science progressed, and we have become far more adept at understanding DNA, they have determined, from a different direction of research, that the mother of the human race came from eastern Africa about 200,000 years ago.
Although the newer researchers feel their research trumps the older research, nonetheless, the fact that they are quite similar in their conclusions is extremely important. Again, like it or not, we are all of the same race.
Why do I bring this up today? Because there is much division in our nation that claims as its basis that we are all of different races, and of course some in each race want to promote their race as being more important. But the truth is, whether you believe in the biblical account, or if you believe the scientific account, we all come from the same source. Thus, we are all of the same family.
Much of the anger that is fomenting in our nation currently is because some people see themselves as from different races. But I believe that is a perception based on a superficial observation. Brothers and sisters from the same family often look different from each other, yet they do not look down upon each other; in fact they look past their differences, and see each other as the same.
How sad that although God created us from the same set of parents, we often see each other as totally different when we are virtually the same. In fact, where it matters, we are exactly the same.
We all have the same bodies. We can give blood to one another when there is a need, and we can donate organs to each other. We all feel the same heartache when a loved one is hurting, or when they die; especially when they die in tragic circumstances.
We all kiss our loved ones when we leave our homes in the morning, and we fully expect to see them when we come home at the end of the day. Where it counts, we are the same.
When Jesus traveled through Israel, He encountered Jews of different races, but all He saw were Jews. When He healed someone, all He saw was a person who believed He could heal them.
Every single person on the face of the earth is created in the image of God. That image is identical in all of us; there is no difference. Sadly, people see what they choose to see.
I grew up in the Los Angeles area where every type of person is represented. When I see someone of Hispanic descent, I see a person. When I see someone who appears African-American, I see a person. When I see a Caucasian, I see a person. When I see someone who is in need, I see a person.
That is what God sees — people. When God accepts someone into His family, He doesn’t see them based on race or gender or economic level or nationality; He sees them as people, people His Son died for on the cross.
We need to see people as God sees them. When a black man is hungry, he is not a hungry black man, he is a hungry person who needs to be fed. When a white man is cold, he is not a cold white man. He is a cold person who needs to be warmed. When someone’s child or parent is killed, that person isn’t a black, white, Asian or Native American woman or man; they are a precious member of the human race who we have lost and will never get back.
When we divide ourselves over race, we cheapen who we are, and we disrespect who God created us to be — people created in His image, who are to love one another, even if we look different.
McCartney is pastor of First Baptist Church of Tooele.