So why the video? Well, first, watch it and then come back to read my caption.
Ok, now that you’ve watched… See all the places, the faces? They are just like you and I. Different culture, different lives. Still human and each one needing to be loved. Still connected to us. Still human and in the image of God. Right?
Whether man, woman, or child - abled or disabled - brown, black, tan, white or yellow - in the midst of peace or a bombed war zone… They are all in the image of God. Right?
However, when we look in these faces, what truly is our response? Unknown prejudice, stereotype, judgement? Do we really know these people at all? Have we simply superimposed a contrived image over who they really are? I know my hidden, unbeknownst to me, preconceptions were challenged simply by viewing this video.
To see these people, all dancing, vividly reminds me of a few verses:
1 John 4:7-12.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Seeing videos like this make me excited. They point me to verses and make me want to tell every single person about Jesus. If Christians could accept every single one of these souls and show them the love of God … whether American or Pakistani, male or female, etc. etc. etc., what exactly would our global culture look like? How then would we live?
1 John 1:5-7.
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
So, trip the light? I think so.