Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dark but still beautiful? by Rebecca Leslie



 
Hi,
Some one called me 'dark but still beautiful' today. You might think I'd be delighted at this comment but sadly I wasn't. No, no…..Don't get me wrong. I'm not one of the I-don't-like-compliments type it's just that the words 'but still' worry me a lot. This one sentence has had me thinking all afternoon. I could have been called beautiful. But no, it had to be noted that I am dark 'but still' beautiful. I am so stirred up; I could write a book about this. But trust me, I will keep this short! 
Why should someone EVER be called dark 'but still' beautiful? Is being 'dark skinned' usually something that isn't associated with beauty? Is it so distant from beauty that it has to 'noted' when the two are together? Which leads me to my next question, is beauty associated with fairness? 
I've never heard anyone say, 'She's fair but still beautiful'! 
Racism is often rooted deep within us and we fail to realize that beauty is in everything that God created. It doesn’t depend on the color of your skin.
The Bible clearly says in
Genesis 1:27 – “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
Let's start loving each other putting aside things that matter little like the color of our skins. Let's stop judging people for the way the look or make fun of them because of their appearances. 
We all have an image of what 'beauty' or 'perfection' is, in our heads. Lets not judge people who don't fit these images. Let's not point out to people that they are dark because IT'S NOT A CRIME TO BE DARK SKINNED. The Bible says ALL were created in the image of God and no where is it said that fair skin is beautiful. 
To conclude quickly as I said I would, I want to challenge each and every one who reads this mail to think about any racist ideas that we may have and lay them at the feet of Jesus. Also, let's repent if we have made fun of people's looks or appearances. Jesus only feels immense love when He looks into each of our faces.
God bless you all.
Dark but ever loved by Him,
Rebecca.

In actuality, there is only one race - the human race.

Within the human race is a great amount of diversity in skin color and other physical characteristics.
~Pastor Owen~