Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

What Color Is God? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

What Color Is God? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

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One Sunday afternoon in the local mall, my youngest child asked me an innocent question: "Mommy, why are there black people?" She had noticed that not all people have the same skin color.

Normally this question would not have been a hard one for me. But just as she asked it, a young black woman was passing by. Because her pace slowed, I could tell that she had heard the question and was interested in my response. I knew that I was not just answering this question to a three-year-old; I was also, in a way, making a public statement of what I believed.

My first response to any situation is to turn to God. So instantly I prayed to Him for the right answer. The thought came to me quickly that God's love for His children is infinite. He doesn't have a limited amount of love for only certain of His children. God's Love for His creation is abundant, unchanging, always at hand. His people are varied and unique in innumerable ways, but they all come from Him, the one God. I told my daughter this, in a way she could understand. She was content, and I noticed also that as the observer went by us she had a smile on her face. I was grateful to God. His love and guidance reach every one of us, no matter what the need. Later on, as I was thinking back to this incident, these two questions came to me: "What color is God?" and "As His children, how do we relate to each other?" When I have a question and want a firmer understanding of God's answer, I turn to the teachings of the Bible and Christ Jesus. I knew that because God is incorporeal -- without body or physical form -- he doesn't have the identifying characteristics of a human being. I also knew that God is the creator of all. He can only create His likeness, which is always good in quality. He cannot create something that is unlike Himself or outside His intelligence. As God's children, we can show evidence of His likeness only in terms of perfection. Therefore we are, in essence, also incorporeal, or spiritual. …

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