One day my goddaughter wore a shirt to school that said, “Black Girl Magic,” and the administration told her mom that she couldn’t wear that shirt or any other that exhibited racial connotations, prideful or otherwise. At first, I was outraged. How could a shirt demonstrating pride in one’s “race” be banned? But after I calmed down and got out of my feelings, I wondered what I’d think if a little girl came to school with a shirt that said “White Girl Magic” or “White Girls Rule.” I suspect many would take offense to such a shirt, myself included. I then wondered why it had become so important for us, as Blacks, to demonstrate pride in our “race” in addition to our deep, seeded need to gain validation of “our race” from others. And I realized that we, as a people, have had so many centuries of hearing that we are  “less than” other people. We’ve been led to believe that we’re cursed and of little value. We’ve had so many years experiencing shame simply because of the color of our skin, and we just want to hear and feel that our “race” matters. 

I get it. That desire to “re-write” the story. To change the narrative. To shake off all the sad and the bad. To exude confidence in the hopes of feeling confident, you know the whole fake until you make it concept. We just want to discover and share all that’s good about our people so that someone will look up and say, “You know, we’ve been wrong. That “race” of people, well they aren’t so bad after all.” 

But could it be that we’ve been looking for our validation, confidence, and self-worth in all the wrong places? Don’t stop reading. Stay with me just a bit longer. I promise I’m not bashing or downplaying our people, experiences, feelings, or Black pride. Just consider the following as we go on this journey to seek God’s truth about who we are and who we’re called to be.


 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings.

Lessons Learned

“This is the record of the family line of Adam. When God created humankind, He made them in the likeness of God. He created them male and female; when they were created, He blessed them and named them “humankind”(Genesis 5:1-2). God in His infinite wisdom made “humankind” from one blood or one man (Acts 17:26) in His image (Genesis 1:26-27). Therefore, we, all of humanity, have one Father (Malachi 2:10) Who created one race, the human race (Galatians 3:26). One race. One race. One race. 

Just pause right here for a moment and let that sink in. One race. You don’t seem all that convinced that you should be shouting right now. You’re still thinking, what accounts for all of our many differences – skin color, gender, languages and dialects, our ways of making sense and meaning of the world? How can we all be made in the image of One God but be as different as night is from day? Here, let me explain. 

First of all, being created in God’s image doesn’t mean we’re all the same. That’d be boring. And that’d be untrue as we are all very different (I Corinthians 12:12-27). But think about this. Pastor Ivor Myers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=zpEF8qa4pt4&app=desktop), in a sermon, sought to make sense of what it means to be “made in God’s image.” He directs us to Ezekiel 1:27-28, where God’s appearance is described as that of light. He then makes the analogy of our differences within our oneness to white light. See, light is a prism of color akin to a rainbow. The more technical description is as follows: 

Visible light is a tiny part of the electromagnetic spectrum with many variations of wavelengths. And we see these variations as colors. White light is a combination of all colors in the color spectrum. It has all the colors of the rainbow. Objects appear one color or another because of how they reflect and absorb certain colors of light (https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology/physics/see-the-light2/the-color-of-light).

Are you getting it yet? We are one race (the human race) reflecting the many colors and the glory of God! 

Next, God did not distinguishand does not make any distinction between His people based on skin color  (Deuteronomy 10:17-18, Romans 10:12, Acts 10:34). As a matter of fact, the term “race” isn’t even mentioned in the Bible, or at least not in the context of a group of people or skin color. Nor are the terms “Black” and “White” used in the Bible to describe a “race” or a “nation” of people, rather they were used to describe color (Job 30:30, Lamentations 5:10, II Kings 5:27, Numbers 12:10), the absence or presence of light (II Peter 1:19, Matthew 17:2), or an emotional state of being (Job 3:5, Revelation 19:14). 

See, the concept of race as we know it today is not a Biblical concept. “Race as a categorizing term referring to human beings was first used in the English language in the late 16th century and had a generalized meaning similar to other classifying terms such as type, sort, or kind. For example, occasional literature of Shakespeare’s time referred to a “race of saints” or “a race of bishops.” However, by the 18th century, race was widely used for sorting and ranking the peoples in the English colonies—Europeans who saw themselves as free people, Amerindians who had been conquered, and Africans who were being brought in as slave labor (From <https://www.britannica.com/topic/race-human/The-history-of-the-idea-of-race>)”.  The concept of “race” is a man-made construct used to distinguish one group of people from another to justify the oppression of a particular group of people. 

Finally, it was God’s desire from the beginning of time for us to be fruitful and to multiply (Genesis 1:28) and to spread out and fill the earth (Genesis 9:7). And with the filling of the earth came new geographical locations and environments and distinct cultures (Genesis 11:1-9). And over time, these groups became more genetically and geographically isolated and environmentally separated until they took on more distinct physical characteristics, such as varied skin colors or pigmentation. Then, within these genetically isolated and geographically and environmentally-separated groups of people, diverse languages, distinct ways of being, of governing, of worshipping and of living emerged so that the human race became diverse, not just physically, but ethnically and culturally (From <https://let thebiblespeak.tv/one-blood-all-nations-the-text/>). And our wonderful Creator who made the heaven, earth, the sea, and all things in them, allowed all nations to walk in their own ways (Acts 14:15-16). 

 One race (the human race) reflecting the many colors and the glory of God!

Lessons Lived

Truth can liberate, inspire, fortify and edify us (John 8:12). Truth can give us new LIFE (Psalm 119:111)! But I know all too well that truth can also hurt, confuse, anger, and pierce us (Proverbs 27:6, Hebrews 4:12). And that’s ok. Remember, God is big enough to handle all of it – the mess, the hurt, the confusion, the anger – He can handle it (Jeremiah 33:3, Matthew 7:7, John 11:17-44). 

I won’t pretend that the light of God’s truth regarding “one race” had me shouting and rejoicing. At the beginning of this journey of discovery, I was hurt, confused and angry. How could “people” be so cruel, greedy, and un-Christ-like? How could “they” not see the beauty and the giftedness of “my people?” 

I guess that’s why it’s called a journey. Healing, processing, internalizing, and living truth takes time. So while I rejoice now, I get that you might not be there yet. And that’s ok. Let God continue to “grow you there.” I like to say, just “faith it, til’ you make it.” Keep putting one foot in front of the other along this journey, and you too will be shouting across the floor! 

As you begin seeing yourself as part of the human race, the race that God created purposefully in His image, you will have reason to rejoice. I rejoice because I am no longer dependent on how others define me or see me. I no longer seek pride in random things like what I look like, where I came from, live, or do to make a living. And this same freedom that I’m experiencing, you will too!

We can take pride in being a part of God’s family (I John 3:1-2). We can boast in the fact that we know and are known by God (Jeremiah 9:24, 2 Corinthians 10:17-18). We can boast not because of who we are as a people but because of God’s working on our behalf (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). 

So let’s celebrate our differences – our gifts, talents, personalities, and cultures (Revelation 7:9-10) – while embracing our oneness in the unity of our minds, our sympathies, and our love towards one another (I Peter 3:8).

We are a Race second to none, one created in the image of God!!!


  1. How does Acts 17:26 speak to you?
  2. How has man’s understanding, and use of the concept of race impacted your understanding of the concept of race?
  3. How does the Biblical description of the concept of race impact your understanding of the concept of race?
  4. What emotions or feelings might you need to release to reconcile your understanding and experiences due to the misinterpretations and misuses regarding the concept of race?
  5. How might you “faith it til’ you make it?” How might this differ from you “faking it til you make it?”
  6. What are your personal LIFE Lessons?
    • Liberation: What new insights gained have freed you from past thoughts or practices?
    • Inspiration: In what ways have you been spiritually, emotionally or mentally motivated to live for Christ?
    • Fortification: What additional scriptural texts, passages or stories can reinforce and strengthen you against the attacks of the enemy?
    • Edification: How might you share your story to edify others and bring glory to God?


As you process, digest, and apply what’s been shared, here are a few songs from “My Black Life” Playlist. Listen and let the music infiltrate your soul. Read the lyrics and let the words encourage you. And I pray that you’ll be blessed as I was. 


Dear Heavenly Father, Help me gain confidence and understand my self-worth, not because of what others think about me, but because You love me so much, so much so that You sacrificed Your son’s life for me. You have promised never to leave me. Help me cling to that promise even when I can’t feel You or don’t understand You. Help me see myself as You see me. Help me walk confidently in Your love, trusting and believing that You got me and that You’re my God Who is big enough. Help me stop trying to do Your job, to exhale and enjoy the journey. In Your most holy name Jesus, I pray, Amen.