Among our 8 children, we have two African children, and two Chinese children with dwarfism. Having an international family has had a learning curve, and we were ignorant going in. We were told that we would have to teach our sweet, gentle Ethiopian boy a code of conduct someday that has been passed down to us by African American mamas in order to help protect him as he becomes a man:
- Keep your wallet on your dash.
- Hands out of pockets on the street.
Just the other day, he learned a few items from that code after overhearing about Ahmaud. At first we thought we would be able to skip all that, but we learned quickly. And over the years, I have learned what it is like to fall asleep praying for the future safety of my boy.
A year after we brought them home, I had to wipe mounds of spit off of my Ethiopian daughter’s face at an indoor playground in a restaurant.
A group of white children collectively cornered and spit on her for having “dirty skin”. I knew this because it is what they were yelling. She was two years old. It happened so fast.
We have had to explain to frantic women at the playground on multiple occasions that this “unsupervised black child” is actually our son and is not “shifty” and “looking for trouble”. I could go on and on – these stories are true, they happened in slow motion in front of me, and they keep happening.
As for our kids with dwarfism, people point and stare and move away from them. The burden that the public puts on people with dwarfism is unbelievable, and there is no “normal life” for them. We have to FREQUENTLY chase down grown educated adults and ask them to remove the pictures and video they just took without permission of our children off of their phones.
“Sorry, I have never seen ‘one’ before”; “Sorry, I didn’t know she was with YOU”. “Sorry, I didn’t know.” And honestly, “I didn’t know” is such a welcome response for us, because it is truth and it opens the door for us to share the Gospel. They didn’t know that my children were created ON PURPOSE by God to be brown, or to have dwarfism, or that God has created us all in his image. They didn’t know that all men come from one man, Adam, through Noah (one race) and that through that man every one of us is SINFUL and deserve hell.
How’s that for an even playing field? Think you are above all this? Have you ever made fun of someone for the way they look? Have you ever felt better than someone else? Have you ever plotted your revenge? Jesus says hatred is equal to murder and lust is equal to cheating, and all that equals hell. He says we all fall short. He says if you break one of the ten commandments, you have broken them all.
But Jesus is rich in mercy, and he is the true God and the Living God, the Everlasting King. He has made a way for you to be free. He says he is willing to trade your personal filth, which makes you unable to enter heaven, for his sinless perfection. He lived a sinless life, died on the cross, rose again (defeating death and sin) and says the only way to rid yourself of your guilt is to accept what he has done, repent (turn from and feel sorry for your sins), and believe on Him alone for your salvation. There is no other means for men to be saved. In short: “You must be born again.”
As for the racism, this is the expected mentality that comes from teaching several generations that they evolved from monkeys, in fact Darwin teaches that Lower races are “as low as a baboon, instead of as at present between the negro or Australian and the gorilla”. This is what Americans have chosen as “science” instead of the Biblical account of creation.
Belief in Satan’s lie of rebellion and evolution is the primary reason why people stare at or avoid my kids with dwarfism. It’s why this country thinks it’s “okay” to tear apart babies in the womb who aren’t “healthy”, and why every other child with Haven’s condition has been murdered in the womb. It’s a national sense of hopelessness.
What can be done? You can end it today. You don’t have to put your faith in any president or plan. Turn off the news and the narrative you are being spoonfed, and open your Bible. End racism today in your own heart by turning to Jesus and believing the Bible.
Read Genesis; see how he handcrafted your fellow man? Read John; see how he bled and died? Repent and let Jesus rebuild you. He gives out new hearts and new minds, and there is no racism in Him. Repent and live.
Love your neighbor, and love your God. Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. Tell the gospel everywhere you go. Tell them this instead of telling them about either the president or the parties or the news! Be the Jesus-guy that everyone is sick of, not the politics- guy everyone is sick of.
Tell everyone that Jesus has come and is coming, and with him comes justice and wrath and mercy and love. He is making all things new, and he will wipe away every tear. Oh Lord, come quickly! Oh friends, be ready!
“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.
And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.” Rev 19
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