Red, Yellow, Black, and White

Vacation Bible Schools, Pew Packers, Children’s Bible Hour, and every children’s Bible class to ever be conducted could not be completed without singing two world famous songs: Jesus Loves Me and Jesus Loves the Little Children. These two songs have been formative in the psyche of every child who has sung them. Consider how they have shaped your and your student’s lives.

Time Out #1:

  1. When was the first time you remember singing Jesus Loves Me or Jesus Loves the Little Children?
  2. What lessons have these two songs taught you?
  3. What lessons could these songs teach the world right now?

The lessons these songs have taught us run deep, but the majority of the world has not learned the simple truths of love and human respect taught in these songs and the Bible. One current and obvious situation we must discuss, as people of faith, is the brutal and wrongful death of George Floyd. This devotional is intended to help families discuss the current race relation situation in America with the next generation to make a better future for every person created in the image of God. We can have a better tomorrow, but being better begins with change. It is time for change, and the change is not just in our words or social media status.

Time Out #2:

  1. How has the George Floyd murder made you feel?
  2. Have you ever witnessed racism or injustice?
  3. How do you think people should respond to their feelings of injustice?

If we want to make lasting change, it begins by changing ourselves. God has made it clear which race is deserving of his love, grace and mercy. Read John 3:16–17, God has declared his love is for every person no matter their race. Paul takes the conversation further when talking about our relationship in Christ. Read Galatians 3:28. God views all races to be equal and worthy of his love. Finally, Read Genesis 1:26. Who was created in God’s image? Who was not created in God’s image? If it is true that every person created is created in God’s image, then it is also true everyone deserves to be treated with the dignity and respect God’s image demands. I want to encourage you to make this family devotional practical by working through the application questions. Let’s be advocates for loving all people, red, yellow, black, or white, the way God loves them. When we change ourselves, we change the future for God’s glory!  

Questions for Growth:

  1. What does everyone being created in God’s image change about the race conversation?
  2. How does God determine who to love and accept?
  3. What are some ways we can treat others of different races with more dignity and respect?

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