What if color didn’t matter?

Published 9:54 pm Wednesday, July 1, 2015

There they stood. Blacks and whites, side by side. Holding hands. Heads bowed, eyes closed. All praying together to the same God.

It was an uncommon sight, as America’s churches remain among the most racially divided of institutions. Perhaps the fact that it was so unusual made the sight so strikingly beautiful. They were united in grief, hope and faith, even if only for a brief time, and color didn’t matter.

Of course, we all know color shouldn’t matter. And maybe what we learned from Charleston’s recent cross-cultural prayer services is that it no longer has to. Because if we are holding our neighbor’s hand and our eyes are closed in prayer and our thoughts are focused on loving our neighbor as we do ourselves, it doesn’t take long to lose track of the color of the hand being held tightly in your own.

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