Monday, January 24th, 2011
Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married.
Numbers 12:1 (NKJV)
If we had to choose the biggest point of dissension in our nation, what would it be? Since the United States is fewer than 250 years old, we don't have much history to consider--relative to other countries in the world.
From the Trail of Tears to the Civil War, from immigration bans to fire hoses in Alabama, racial scars mark our past and draw hot blood today. The welcome mat in the Land of Opportunity slips back and forth like a politician's hand shake.
Sadly, prejudice is worldwide, and it is not new. In studying scholars' opinions on today's Bible verse, I find an interesting debate on whether Moses did or did not marry a Black woman.
On the other hand, I see no comment on God's ironic punishment for Miriam and Aaron; 'So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and... suddenly Miriam became leprous, as white as snow' (v.9-10). God turned Miriam not just leprous, but a sickly white? As opposed to... a beautiful Ethiopian?
While the skin color of Moses' wife may be debatable, prejudice is not. It is undeniable sin, 'for there is no partiality with God' (Romans 2:11).
It's easy to see that God loves diversity by the wonder and variety of His creations. His Words are equally clear; 'You shall not show partiality in judgment' (Deuteronomy 1:17).
If God shows sin in a glaring search light, He shows you in a glowing spotlight. Performers and artists for Christ have a unique opportunity to be public examples of His love for all men: to embrace and model diversity--to close the curtain on racial discrimination.