What a wonderful world! I just love that song by Louis Armstrong. Do me a favor and think of some of the lyrics. Trees of green, red roses too, skies of blue, clouds of white, and colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky. This is what God intended for our world, a wonderful one where all people of all colors co-exist with harmony, love, and peace. Although, this is sadly not the case in our society.
God indeed made man in all colors. However, teaching this concept of co existing in a colorful world to our children is challenging at best. Especially with facing the mixed emotions and opinions of their school peers, neighborhood friends, and unfortunately, sometimes other family members.
I was strongly taught by my parents that being prejudice against other people that are not white is morally wrong.
Proverbs: 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it
Start teaching at an early age. Children are naturally curious about people that look different. And of course, they will go along with their friends at school and practice unkind expressions and beliefs. Your kids desperately want to fit in with the in-crowd and their friends. Teach anti discrimination to your kids early on. You can do this in a number of ways…
What can we do as parents to help teach our children that people of all colors are uniquely beautiful and equal? Let’s look at a few tips…
* Encourage Discussions – You should encourage discussions and allow your children to ask questions. Be open and honest with them and answer all questions thoroughly. Tell them it is OK to be friends with people that are of different race, and accept them for who they are.
* Be A Good Example – If you want your children to be non discriminate, then you should practice non discrimination yourself. Remember, your kids are human and it is natural that they will do as you do.
* Read Scriptures Of The Bible To Your Kids – As I stated above, our God intended for all people of all colors to dwell on this earth in peace and harmony. Point out various places in the scriptures and read to your children. One example is the scripture below.
Acts: 17:26 – And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation
* Teach Your Children Respect – This is so very important. Express to your little ones that people of all races have feelings, wishes, opinions, and dreams just like they do, and therefore, everyone should be treated with respect. Teach them to treat people like they would want to be treated themselves.
Luke 6:31 – And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise
Unfortunately, our world has become saturated with disrespectful discrimination…and not just against race. It also involves religion and gender as well. Remember this…everyone IS EQUAL in God’s eyes. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful world if EVERYONE could see EVERYONE as the same; equal?
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My parents did a great job in teaching me to appreciate differences. They never spoke negatively of anyone, we had people in our home (and church) of different “colors”, encouraged friendships with people different than us; and something that really “spoke” to me is a record that my father bought me when I was a little girl with a song on it, “The world is black, the world is white”. Lessons that I’m so appreciative of, now! Great post, thanks!
I know the song you are talking about. ;) Thank you for your kind words. It would be nice if this was taught in schools as well.