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Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all (Colossians 3:11, NKJV)

God loves us all! This is true, but the big question is do we love all others? I know we normally associate with those who we feel comfortable around, but God loves all, even those who may make us a bit uncomfortable. 

When I was a child in Sunday school, we sang the song with the words, “Red and yellow, black and white, all are precious in his sight.” (The song Jesus Loves the Little Children of the World was written by Clarence Herbert Walston, a preacher from Rhode Island). I lived in a community which had various regions for students whose ancestors had migrated from different countries; there were sections for those of Irish, Finnish, French, Italian, Greek, and Swedish ancestry. 

When I went to college I made friends with black students for the first time. One was a high jumper for the track team and another was a surgeon who attended Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship Area Meetings.  In graduate school I had teachers from India and from France and fellow students from South America. 

My oldest son was a medical missionary to Nigeria and he and his family introduced me to many of their friends from the local culture. We took a trip to Africa and met several prominent leaders. The result was we had many friends from there, many who stayed in our home in later years. A professor from Nigeria joined our Christian writers group. My grandson Aaron married a girl from Niger and we have had many interactions with this wonderful Christian family. 

I praise God for the many friends of different skin color including many Christians. The Sunday school chorus and Colossians 3:11 have become more meaningful to me.

Obeying Christ’s Great Commission,

To go to many lands is the Church’s mission.

Christians are one in the Savior’s name.

God saved them all; they’re all the same. 

God’s universal message goes to all the same, but methods may vary. 


What contacts have you had with other ethnic groups?

How would you share the gospel with such a person?

What does Colossians 3:11 mean to you?