I made the earth,
and created humankind upon it;
it was my hands that stretched out the heavens,
and I commanded all their host.
I wonder whether, if we listened to this verse carefully, if we were grasped by this simple notion that God created humankind, we would be so quick to think of other peoples as “less than”: less important, less able, less worthy of our care or respect.
“I made the earth, and created humankind upon it.” God didn’t create us and a few people on the fringe. God created all.
“God bless America” comes easily to our lips, but God made all humankind. God made the Hutu and the Tutsis. God made the Arabs and the Persians. God made the Russians and the Poles. God made the Americas and the East. God made the Koreans and the Japanese, the Mongols and the Chinese, the Pacific Islanders and the Thai. God made humankind.
Including those next door…and across the tracks…and across the aisle…and across the borders…