Daily Devotional – 7/19/12 “I mean, really?”

I was listening to WDIA in the car this morning, not by my choice, but I heard Bobby O’Jay say that some white people try to act black and some black people, when they talk with sense, try to act white. Now, I don’t know about you but I’ve always thought he was kind of special (not in a good way) and this just further proved my point. I mean, why can’t all people just generally be themselves? Just because a white person sag their pants does it mean they are trying to be black? Why can’t they simply just want their pants to sag? And if a black person talk without using slang and Ebonics can’t it simply mean they just know how to talk without it being them trying to act white? God created all of us and in doing so, He created us in His image which means once we get to Heaven there won’t be an issue of race, anyway, right? It just saddens me the way some folks think. There isn’t a black or white way to act but there is simply a right and wrong way to act. Am I acting white because I choose to get a college education? Are white people acting black because they want their hair braided or they eat soul food? What is really going on in our society? Romans 12:4-5 says, “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” See, it doesn’t say we are divided by race/nationality but we are all one because when all the crap boils down we all bleed red blood, we have the same organs, we all put one leg in our pants at a time, a shirt over our head and one shoe on at a time. It doesn’t matter that your skin may be lighter than mine because if you need my heart and I’m a match it’ll be placed in your body. If we are Christians, like we are supposed to be, then we are keepers of each other and it shouldn’t matter about how different we look or speak. God didn’t place barriers on the relationships with each other, society did. God’s second commandment says, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31) Do you think Jesus was concerned about the difference in the folks that he healed and delivered? No because Matthew 12:50 says, “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” Yea, I know that the world has placed us in the predicament that were in but that doesn’t mean we have to stay there. You won’t go to a certain neighborhood because the news says it is the most dangerous but don’t you know that you can be killed on the streets of Collierville just as easily as you can in North Memphis? Death has no respect of person or place, so stop acting like you can only get killed at night around a certain group of people. When it’s your time to leave from this side, it’ll just be your time. We don’t have to try to be anyone other than who God made us because when we stand before Him at judgment, He’ll be concerned with the work that we’ve done not how we wore our pants or spoke with the proper grammar.

My prayer is for folks to be who God made them and not who the world has turned them into. God didn’t make you meaner than a rattlesnake that’s just how you choose to be because His word says in Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born to help in the time of trouble.” God didn’t make a woman shave her head to look like a man, that was your choice, because the bible says a woman’s hair is her glory (1 Corinthians 11:15). God didn’t say you had to have a certain tie on to worship Him or a certain degree to read His word, society did, because He said in John 15:16, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” He didn’t say for whites to pray to Him on Tuesday, blacks on Wednesday, Mexican on Thursday and etc., but He said in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Never stop praying; and Ephesians 6:18, “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.” You don’t have to be anyone other than who you are because you are created in God’s image and for His purpose. You don’t have to conform to the world around you but let the world conform to you. It doesn’t matter that we look different because you are still my brother, my sister and I’ll pray for you no matter when or where. It shouldn’t be an issue of trying to be like someone else because if we are all living like we are supposed too then you trying to be like me should be you getting your walk with Christ right. 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” God made each of us and yes our skin is different, our hair texture is different and the way we eat or dress is different but we are still the same underneath it all. No one has to act a certain way because the color of their skin dictates it but act the way you are supposed to act, the right way. We are all the same because we were all created by the same. “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him; Colossians 1:16.”

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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