In the Star Trek universe, Vulcan blood is said to be green. In East Texas, we may describe our blood as running maroon or burnt orange. But, the reality is that all human blood, regardless of one’s race (despite what a bigoted sergeant on M*A*S*H thought and others may still think), is red. And, that fact arguably should affect how we treat and what we do for one another.
Researchers reportedly have different theories as to which blood type came first, but they apparently agree that the blood types we know today, along with their positive and negative variations and other antigens and subgroups, came from one initial type, as a result of successive mutations and at least micro-evolutionary adaptation against diseases, climate, humidity, altitude, and the like.
Such scientific conclusions are not necessarily inconsistent with the Bible’s account of the creation of humankind (Genesis 1-3) and of our subsequent descent from Noah and his family into different races (Genesis 6:9-9:29). We all inherited essentially the same red blood, as we all inherited essentially the same sinful nature, even if our actual sins might differ. And, we might say that just as there is one Lord and one baptism (Ephesians 4:4-6), so also there is one blood of Jesus shed on the cross that reconciles us to God (for example, Colossians 1:20).
Redeemed by grace through faith in Jesus’s one blood, we love Him and one another, regardless of our individual races. Jesus died equally for all, and so we are one not only in our common creation but also in our common redemption. Different races or not, we are all, in at least these two senses, brothers and sisters.
Because we share essentially the same red blood, we also want to share it with those in need. And, due to the holidays, winter weather, and flu epidemic, the need is great! If you are healthy and eligible, please donate blood next Saturday, January 27, between 8:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., at 713 Florey Street in Kilgore. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.pilgrimlc.org/blooddrive or call 903-984-4333.
The Rev. Dr. Jayson S. Galler is Pastor of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Kilgore. You can reach him through the congregation’s website: www.pilgrimlc.org.