R is for…..Race

1st September 2020

Human race. Are we winning it yet? Now there’s a good question. To be honest we are not playing fair in this race. Some of us have unfair advantages.  Up on my Cloud I have an advantage. I can see all that’s going on, and make my observations, whilst being perfectly safe in my fluffy white Cloud.

Others have an advantage of being incredibly wealthy, so much so they can hardly know what to do with all their wealth. If, of course, one can call it truly theirs.

Look, in the beginning, God, the angels, created the heavens and the earth. So by rights it’s His. The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it. All of it, not some of it. So the wealth of the wealthy is not theirs outright, only borrowed or a gift from God, the Most High.

But what is wealth? All of us have something, if only our bodies. And of course our souls, our precious souls. The Most High gave us those too. He particularly values those as they will live on after death.

What do you do with yours? Do you treasure it or do you think it worthless? Some, many even, seem to care very little for themselves, their souls. And they abuse others in various ways; murder, rape, adultery (of all kinds), lying, etc.

Especially lying. People of the human race seem particularly to lie in all sorts of ways. White lies, black lies and 50 shades of grey in between. At least, not just, 50. I think there must be an infinite number of shades.

Men and women lie to get advantage. They may pretend they are someone else, a con man. They may pretend to have qualifications they haven’t got. Prospective employers are taken in and don’t check the records.

They may lie in bed and have sex with someone, like a bribe, to get advancement in a firm, or in the film industry, for example.

Or just pay money to achieve their aims. And people do love money for some reason. Despite the fact you can’t take it with you when you die.

So what then? When you face the Most High and He asks you what you did with your life and your precious soul. ‘Well your Most Highness, er, um, I did get lots of money.’

He will not be impressed. And you will be cast out into outer darkness, to wail and gnash your teeth.

On the other hand, you may wish to reconsider your position, and do something useful with what you have. Look after those who don’t have the good things you do.

There was a man called Zacchaeus who changed his mind. A small man who had to climb a tree because of the crowd, to get a glimpse of a man called Jesus of Nazareth.

Zacchaeus, whose name means ‘pure’ apparently, was a tax collector and very wealthy.  But when Jesus said ‘I must stay with you today’ he was glad. The crowd grumbled at Jesus for wanting to stay with a man they regarded as not worth it.

But Jesus thought he was worth it. And Zacchaeus when he heard the crowd grumbling said he would give away half of his possessions to the poor and pay back four times the value of whatever he had defrauded from anybody.

So Zacchaeus changed and it seems gave away more than his small change!

 And Jesus says he, Zacchaeus, is a son of Abraham. Which means he was of Abraham’s family, which is part of the human race.

Jesus also says to certain Jews ‘You are of your father the Devil’. So there are at least two families in the world.

But we are all of the human race, be it from Abraham or the Devil, or another father. We all descended from Adam and Eve, as the bible says.

Of course, you may not believe that, and think that we evolved from apes. In which case you may agree that there are more than one human race, and some races are better than others.

But if you believe what the bible says is true, then it is clear there is only one human race. Then it’s a question of which father, or family you belong to. And families are different, and some families are better than others for various reasons. So how do you tell which is which?

It was a chap called John who said:

 ‘By this the children of God are distinguished from the children of the devil: Anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is anyone who does not love his brother.’

So whose child are you? God’s or the Devil’s?

It’s your choice.

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