In Disney’s portrayal of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Esmeralda, a gypsy, sings a highly acclaimed ballad after she sees how Quasimodo and her people are treated by society. This can be seen at the following link on youtube and is entitled “God Help the Outcasts.”
She has a clear message to all disadvantaged peoples, regardless of color. It is in the closing lines of the ballad after the people she is singing about made their various demands:
“I ask for wealth.” “I ask for fame.” “I ask for glory to shine on my name.”
“I ask for love I can possess.” “I ask for God and His angels to bless me.”
To these demands, Esmeralda replies:
“I ask for nothing I can get by, But I know so many Less lucky than I.
Please help my people, The poor and downtrod.
I thought we all were The Children of God.
God help the outcasts Children of God.”
This understanding is also clearly expressed in another popular song, “Red, brown, yellow, black or white, they are precious in His sight.”
These expressions are also supported in the Scriptures. The Apostle Paul recorded in his letter to the Romans, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:” (KJV: Romans 8:16) Add to these the following from William Wordsworth’s “Ode: Intimations of Immortality.”
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
God created ALL men equal because they are ALL His spirit children who dwelt with Him before they came here to earth and who ALL hope to return to Him again when this life is over. Since therefore we are ALL spiritual brothers and sisters perhaps we should make a better effort at getting along and keeping peace within the family. After all, as the Quaker proverb states, “Thee lift me and I’ll lift thee, and we’ll ascend together” because ______ Lives Matter!
God’s children are NOT born with prejudice and racism. These flaws in the character of God’s children are always learned! The sad fact is that the rising generation learns prejudice and racism from the words and deeds of their parents, neighbors and elders! It is to these parents, neighbors and elder’s everlasting shame that prejudice and racism still exist today within our Constitutional Republic.
May God Bless and Save the United States of America —
Our Constitutional Republic !