Last month I addressed bullying, the #1 challenge that parents state they are concerned about today.
The #2 biggest concern is that of race. At first, when the replies to my question, What are the biggest challenges for parents in today’s world? started rolling in, I surmised that helping their children understand why some of their friends have white bodies, while others have brown, black, tan or yellow was the issue. Not so. They told me that understanding that aspect of race was easy for them. What is not so easy is the reason why some people don’t like others who have different colored bodies.
Children traditionally learn from their parents behavior, attitudes, belief systems, and the like. It is important that we set examples through all that we do and say to let them know God sees beyond color. He sees our heart and how we treat others.
Young children are fine examples that we adults can learn from. Their hearts are unsullied from traditions passed down from the previous generations.
I remember when I was a child growing up in the days of the Civil Rights movement. Schools were still segregated. I had to walk from school to Scott Plastics where my grandmother worked and wait for her to come out the door and take me home. I would wait outside and draw pictures in the dirt. Across the street were what was known as the projects. One of the children who was my age came out to play with me every day for a while. We became good friends, that is, until her mother saw her playing with the white girl and my grandmother saw me playing with the black girl. We were only 7. Neither of us understood why our families objected to our playing together. All I knew was that in Sunday school we learned a song that never left my soul, no matter the reason adults used to separate from those who were not like them.
Here are those lyrics to the sweet song:
Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.
Have a wonderful month! Blessings,
P.S. One of Anna’s friends is African America, one is Hispanic, and another is Japanese. And they all get along great!
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