We’ve all sung the song. And if you’re a parent or a kids ministry worker, you may have even taught it.
“Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children
Of the world”
It’s simple, but true. God loves the world. The human race is the pinnacle of His creation. Mankind is unique from all other of God’s creation, because mankind was created in the image of God. That means each of us bears that image, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, color, or culture. Each person, every human being, bears the image of God and is inherently worthy of respect and honor.
What’s more, all of us are descendants of the first man and first woman, Adam and Eve. If the Genesis account doesn’t make that clear enough, then maybe Paul’s words will, which he preached to an academic, cultured, but spiritually bankrupt crowd:
“From one man [God] made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth…”
Think about that statement for a minute. Think about what it’s saying. The full capacity for the racial diversity we see in the world was resident in the genetics of Adam and Eve, because from one man God made all the nations.
King David reflected on that spectacular, creative genius in Psalm 139. There, he describes us as God’s handiwork. In fact, the word translated “knit” (v.13) speaks to the care and attention God took in the development of every one of us.
In a world rampant with fear, hate, prejudice, bigotry, racism, and discrimination, the follower of Jesus sees the diversity in our human race as God’s design and celebrates His handiwork.
But there is another truth associated with our descent from Adam, and it’s this: Adam sinned, and so we also have inherited his sin nature. The Apostle Paul wrote,
“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.”
All of us, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, color, or culture need a Savior. We all have sinned against God, and we all need to be forgiven by God. Every person, created in the image of God and knit together by God, needs to repent of their sins and receive the forgiveness God graciously offers us through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Embrace the beauty and dignity of every person in the human race and care enough to proclaim the message that will redeem it.