Points to Ponder: The color of power

Points to Ponder
The color of power
By Rev. Dennis Whitmore
Weekly Contributing Writer

Sometimes we can appreciate the diversity among people. And sometimes, we develop some bigotries and prejudices because of those differences. Though I've been raised to accept people of all races and ethnicities as equals, I have seen proponents of that doctrine - even in the church - who don't abide by it themselves.
Racial and ethnic strife will be forever with us. I've observed that the underlying issue is power. The oppressed can easily become the oppressor, regardless of color or religion; it depends on who has the power.
This observation prompted me to put it in the form of a poem.
When I was a child I knew no color;
The titles and shades were then taught.
The expressions of beauty they each rendered,
Were innocent enough, so I thought.
With age comes reason and knowledge;
And oft in that order it seems -
For as people of color came to mind sight,
My eyes were no longer clean.
Can't we be color-blind?
Can't we take that line off the form?
Check off your race below, please,
Help us control where you'll go from here on.
If you're black we may have oppressed you.
If you're white, well, maybe we should.
It's a tug of war - the rope is power.
Whoever has it is the color that could.
The Jews were once slaves in Egypt,
Then by power they later enslaved.
The slaves of today are no different,
With power all colors act the same.
Human nature is one based on power,
The one with it oppresses the rest.
But by God can we only transcend that,
With Christ inside pass the test.
When will we ever knock it off!
This power play is the devil's design.
For the longer we spend being spent on it,
The farther from Christ will we find.
Love God and love one another,
On these hang it all, Jesus says.
Remember where you're from while traveling,
But don't use it to smack someone's head.
At Babel God made us unable,
To communicate in the conventional way,
Maybe that's why God's love is such power;
And til we speak that, we will not see the day.
Am I white, am I black, am I yellow?
Why should it trouble my heart?
For if the lights went out and you reached for me,
Shade wouldn't change my need of your arm.
Slaves and master - all the same;
Whoever's on bottom wears the shackles,
Whoever's on top holds the keys.
We're neither bound nor free in Christ Jesus;
What good is your faith if that you can't see?
"For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:27-28).

Points to Ponder is a series of occasional articles written by Rev. Dennis Whitmore, Pastor of Hilltop Christian Fellowship, 12624 Trinity Church Drive, Clear Spring, MD (1/4 mile east of Clear Spring on Rt. 40). Listen to Pastor Dennis on WJEJ-1240 AM, Tues and Thurs, at 10:45am and 7:50pm, both days) www.hilltopchristianfellowship.com.