Does skin color define you? By Jan Davis

    Braxton, our oldest grandson, called me for one of our usual long conversations, but this phone call was different. He was worried about the racial unrest in our world today.

    You see, Braxton is mixed.

    Over the years, he faced discrimination because of the color of his skin. People judged him and drew their own opinions without giving him a chance. Racial slurs and hurtful stares were a common occurrence.

    When he became a teenager, girls told him to keep their friendship a secret. Their parents would never allow them to date a biracial guy. Fathers cursed him and slammed doors in his face. His heart crushed over and over because he was brown.

    It broke my heart as he opened up and shared the pain, hurt and shame he has carried.

    Braxton is a young man with high moral integrity. He loves his family and Jesus. He is an active member of his church and helps lead young people to a deeper relationship with Christ.

    Braxton is a hard worker with strong work ethics. He works harder than his peers, driven to prove his value and worth as a human being. He is up for a promotion and his supervisor told him, “Braxton, I’m ashamed to say this, but if you get the job, you will be the first black person to ever hold this position in our company.”

    Why did he need to talk to me now? In a few weeks, Braxton becomes a father and is concerned about Maverick’s future. Will the present turmoil and chaos make this a better world? Will he face the same hatred as his dad? Will people slam doors in his face and possibilities thrown by the wayside because of racial bias?

    As his Nana, I wish I had answers — but I don’t. My heart grieves for him. I love Braxton. I know his character and heart. He has kept quiet for so long. But, finds himself in a place where he feels compelled to speak up and defend his son.

    God says we are created equal. The world discriminates. His Word says he knew Braxton before conception. The world says abortion is a better choice. God’s word says he is fearfully and wonderfully made, yet the world declares he’s too dark. God calls him his child; the world shouts he’s a nobody. God promises him a plan and future, but the world writes him off.

    So, who is right, the world or God?

    The world may continue to close doors, but God provides open doors no man can shut. Doors of safety, opportunity and prosperity. Braxton’s future is one of hope and unconditional love because of Jesus.

    “Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the Lord. But the blameless in their ways are His delight.” — Proverbs 11:20 (NKJV).

    I love you, but Jesus loves you more.


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