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By Kevin and Taushua Field in Trinidad
As children growing up, one of our favorite stories was the Wizard of Oz. There was
one scene in the film that can be applied to us. When Dorothy and Toto went through
the twister and their house landed in Oz, all of the munchkins stared at Dorothy
because she was so different from them. Since we have been here in Trinidad, we can
relate to Dorothy's situation.
We are so adapted to being accepted in America, but to the people here in Trinidad,
we are different to them. We have the white skin, blonde hair, blue eyes, and they
are adapted to seeing darker skin, hair and eyes (like a majority of the world). We
often wonder why everyone is staring at us. We have come to realize that we are very
different from them, and we are the foreigners, even though we are accustomed to
being part of the majority.
Since we have been here for the past six months, God has showed us something very
important that all Christians need to realize. We all may look different to one another,
but in God's eyes we are all created after the same fashion. God loves each and every one
of us equally. As Americans, when we see foreigners
in our country (Arabs, Indians, Hispanics,
etc.), we tend to look at them as lesser people
and place ourselves above them. We
need to realize that they are people too.
To Americans, immigrants are out of
place; though seemingly odd, in their
homeland they are not different at all.
The Bible was written to all mankind;
when God sent His only begotten
Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross,
it was for the sins of ALL mankind.
This brings to mind a famous
children's song, “Jesus Loves the Little
Children,” which states “red and
yellow, black, and white, they
are precious in His sight.” We
need to love every individual as
Christ loves us and show kindness
towards people no matter how
different they may seem. It may
be the difference between them
accepting Jesus Christ as their
personal Savior or rejecting the
Gospel because of the way a
“Christian” has treated them.
8 Islander – No 1, 2013