Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.
Red, brown, yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
One of my earliest memories is singing that song at Antioch, the church we attended until I was about 5. I remember the words and music and images of the sanctuary that may date from the same time or may date from later visits with my grandmother.
But the message was clear. Jesus loved us all, regardless of skin color.
That would have been the early 1970s when I learned that song.
As I grew older, I learned that Jesus might love everyone but most people in our world don’t. There are conflicts based on all kind of differences, religious, socio-economic, gender, and, yes, racial. The world seems determined to separate and divide us, pitting us against them without much regard for why or how we are being divided.
We see people who are different and we become uncomfortable, maybe even afraid. But God calls us to be Christlike, to love not merely the little children of the world but the grown-ups, too. When we look at others, God doesn’t want us to see and catalog the differences. It’s not a grown-up game like Highlights magazine used to have where we have to identify all those differences.
He wants us to see people as He sees them.
Created in His image.
Beautiful, talented, worthy of love.
Worthy of so much love that Jesus died for them.
And He wants us to respond the same way, with love and compassion. Colossians 3:12 says “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
I have to get ready in a few minutes to go to work. What if I spent more time putting on things like kindness, humility and compassion than I did worrying over my outfit and makeup?
What if today I prayed for the strength to be gentle and kind? What if all of us as Christians did that? What if we actually showed love to the people of the world, red, brown, yellow, black and white?
What if we showed love to the people of our world — the guy who cuts us off in traffic, the people we work with, the lady at the grocery store, the waitress who might get our order not 100% perfect?
After all, they are precious in His sight.