An Indian Christian: A 'Different Looking' Follower
"It has always been that people assume because I am from India, I can't be anything close to them. As if my humanity is not enough.
They are surprised when I say I am a Christian. They expect me to be someone else.
That just makes me laugh and irritated all at once.
I laugh because I am part of one the oldest denominations in the world. Dating back to the family of one of the Apostles. But longevity doesn't truly matter. Only God does.
And then I am irritated because all they see is not just a brown man, but a different looking brown man. I still have an accent people make fun of behind my back.
I am Indian but why should that matter so much? You are white American. Why should that matter so much? We create so much of this and learn it. 'Yes, but he is African-American. She is Korean. That family is from Guatemala...' why is that so important?
Shouldn't what matters is we are God's?
Brown, Black, White, Yellow, Blue, Green-any color or shape you can think of-that is the amazing thing about Our God. He invites us all if we are willing. Despite ourselves and our problems and our sins and our evils and our eyes that cause us to see things so unclearly, God remains the same.
And because of our God, King Jesus, everyone is welcome if they are willing.
May we draw closer to see everyone, no matter who they are, what they do, or how they look, in the one way God intended us to see. Through His eyes.
Colossians 3:9-11 (MSG) Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ.