Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Until they start to date
outside their ethnicity
Years ago a young lady came up to me with tears in her eyes because she thought it was a horrible sin to date her boyfriend who happened to have dark brown skin. Where did she get this idea from? Her family. This was in Georgia.
Wednesday, I had a young lady come up to me and ask if it was wrong for black people and white people to marry and have babies. Surprise! People are racist in Alabama. Where was she getting this kind of information? From her family.
Her grandfather, a pastor, felt like he needed to share this tidbit of anti-biblical knuckle-headery, "Red birds and blue birds fly together but you never see them having babies together." That's a paraphrase. But, the basic idea is that black people and white people are different colors and should have the good sense that birds have to stick to their own.
Let's look at some other bird mating habits we can copy!
- Ducks are notoriously the most horrible gang rapists in existence. At least they don't go outside their kind!
- Sometimes lady sparrows will trick sugar daddies into getting it on with them only to have their actual mate show up and poke at her nethers until that sperm pops out and then he mates with her. This is all so two dude birds will help take care of the babies. No big as long as it's the same color of bird.
- Lots and lots of birds exhibit homosexual tendencies and engage in same sex coupling. How does that work to the pastor? Cool if they are similarly complected?
Obviously, you can't draw any kind of parallel for how we should act in comparison to how birds, fish, or beasts of the land do act. But, hey, at least be consistent racist pastor. If we should trust the intuition of these birds we should probably follow it to the logical conclusion. Stick to your own color and everything else is fair game. Sarcasm. Sarcasm born from a serious frustration.
How are people still thinking and speaking these asinine ideas into the minds of children. Why do I still have to explain that if God made us equal then he made us equal . . . like for reals? Why do I have to walk on egg shells when someone is filling a kids head with objective fallacy? Why can't I be ok with telling that young girl that her grandfather is a racist fool?
I can't help but think about the recent situation in Ferguson. Maybe this is the mindset that exists out there. Sure, they'd probably tell you everyone is equal. But, if someone can't date your daughter because of the the complexion of his skin rather than the composition of his character then you do not believe that person is equal to you. I think the systemic racism is real and it's being ignored. I think people are making decision based on these views that they don't believe are really racist.
Ferguson and all the other ridiculous situations that shouldn't exist will continue to persist until the people who are supposed to represent the moral fiber begin to stand up for the person they believe defined those morals. When the fools begin to speak we have to share with them God's truth. It has to happen on Sunday's with the person in the pew next to you. It has to happen when you sit around and watch the big game. It has to happen when you go to work and come back home.
If we don't go to war for the hearts and minds of the people then we will have a war of any entirely different kind. And, let's stop taking our cues from birds. It's ignorant.