Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married.
If we chose America's continued and most grievous lesion, what would it be? Since our past is relatively condensed (fewer than 250 years)... In comparison to other nations, we don't have much history to review.
Consider some of the bloodiest points:
From the brutality of slavery, to the plight of Chinese railroad workers; From the Trail of Tears the Indians walked, to the Civil War's massive loss of life; From entrance bans on Nazi-fleeing Jews, to Birmingham's fire hoses on Black backs...
Racial scars stripe the Star-Spangled Banner.
But we don't own the lease on bigotry. Prejudice is a worldwide pandemic, and undeniably, it's nothing new. In reviewing scholarly opinions on today's prejudicial Bible verse, I found a debate- on whether Moses did or did not marry a Black woman.
On the other hand, I found no comment on God's strangely ironic punishment for the smack-talking siblings of Moses:
'So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and... suddenly Miriam became leprous, as white as snow' (v. 9-10). The Lord turned Miriam, not just leprous, but sickly white- then banned her from the camp... As opposed to the new wife of Moses: a remarkable Ethiopian.
While her skin color may be debated, prejudice is not. It is bold-faced sin, 'For there is no partiality with God' (Romans 2:11).
Happier note: God loves diversity- seen in the wonder of His creations. His Words are equally clear, bright and strong; 'You shall not show partiality in judgment' (Deuteronomy 1:17).
If God shows sin in a glaring searchlight, then He shows YOU in a glowing spotlight.
As actors, models and talent for Christ, you have the unique opportunity to be examples of impartial love: to embrace and model diversity--to close the curtain on racial bigots.
* I wrote this devotion 10 years ago. Racial injustice remains a passionate cause for me. My mother was a Civil Rights advocate (and pioneer) in Columbia, SC, from the early 1970s... forward. Today, in 2021, I am shocked and saddened by our nation's backsliding. The way I see it: We are more polarized and hatefully divided than at any time since Martin Luther King's assassination. Christians should be at the forefront of standing up against every form of prejudice, because quite clearly, GOD IS.
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Prejudice series.