Sunday, August 8, 2010

God's Eternal Family is Interracial

This image by Norman Rockwell has certainly taken on new meaning for us in the past 4 years. Adding a child from Guatemala and now China into our existing brood has changed the legacy of the Freeman family into an interracial one, forever. To say the least, being conservative Christians in the deep south adds a bit of irony to the story! Christianity in the deep south juxtaposed with deep rooted conservative racial views makes for some interesting looks and conversations some days. Note that I didn't say racism, but conservative racial views, I believe these can be mutually exclusive and not necessarily the same thing. 

Thankfully we live in a community that seems to have begun taking Jesus' calling of pure religion (James 1:27) at face value and not a mere suggestion. Every time we go to the pool it seems we run into another interracial family that has opened their hearts and home to an orphan or two from the far reaches of the globe. Of course this could be that new car purchase anomaly. You know the one where just about the time you've made a final decision on the type of car you want to purchase (or have just purchased), you all of the sudden become keenly aware of  how many of the same make/model are on the road already? I never paid attention or noticed how many of those old (late 80's, early 90's), white, 4 door, Toyota Corolla's were on the road until I had to drive one for several years. All of the sudden they were EVERYWHERE! It became known as the poor teacher/professor mobile in several circles of mine. 

I'd like to think it's more than this though. I'd like to think that Christians at large, especially those with "means" and access to resources are finally waking up and realizing we haven't been using what God has provided us wisely, or at all correctly for that matter. If we are adopted into God's interracial family, why would we hesitate to do the same with our family? I recently heard someone say that many people are certain to have a rude awakening when they get to heaven and realize those _____ people (fill in whatever race you want) are here too?!

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