7th Heaven
The Color of God
Season 1, Episode 5
The color of god
Air date October 14, 1996
Written by Brenda Hampton
Directed by Burt Brinckerhoff
Episode Guide
No Funerals and a Wedding

"The Color of God" was the fifth episode of the 1st season of 7th Heaven. This episode dealt with racial prejudice and violence.


When the Camden family learns that their friend, Reverend Morgan Hamilton's church was burned down by a racist group, they invite the Hamilton's to stay at their home. Meanwhile, Simon has his own problems when defending his friend Nigel after a racist comment is made to him at the playground. Also, Matt, Mary and Lucy have a hard time when trying to develop a good relationship with the older Hamilton children, Keesha and John. Lastly, Eric and Annie do their best to help Morgan and his wife Patricia get through their marital problems while Ruthie and Lynn are having fun as 5-year-olds.


  • 7th Heaven got an Emmy Nomination for this episode for Best Art Direction for a Series.[1]
  • Both this episode and future episode What Will People Say? helped 7th Heaven win the Entertainment Industries Council Prism Awards for addressing the issues of drugs and violence.
  • Chaz Lamar Shepherd makes his first appearance on 7th Heaven as John Hamilton. Chaz Lamar Shepherd becomes a starring cast member in the third, fourth and fifth seasons. This episode also marks the first appearance of recurring stars Keesha Hamilton (Gabrielle Union), Lynn Hamilton (Camille Winbush), and Nigel Hamilon (David Netter).


  • We find out that the Hamiltons' church is called Trinity Church.
  • Members of the Faithful Central M.B.C. Choir make a guest-star appearance in this episode.

Goofs & Errors[]

  • Near the beginning of the episode, Matt, Mary, Lucy, John, and Keshia are sitting quietly in the living room, not sure what to say to each other. At one point, the camera points to Matt, Mary, and Lucy, who are all on the couch. Strangely, Lucy is staring off into space, smiling and trying not to laugh, which seems out of place in the given scene.
  • The Hamilton kitchen in this episode is very different and nothing like the kitchen that is shown in later episodes.
  • In the first episode, Eric warns Simon about swearing, but in this episode, Matt swears to Mary in front of Eric, but Eric doesn't seem to mind.
  • In the living room, John isn't wearing suspenders. After playing basketball with Mary, John pulls his suspenders up over his shoulders.
  • In this episode we see that the Camdens' church has a balcony where people enter in the beginning of the episode. It is only shown in one other episode, "The Known Soldier."

Opening Credits[]

Featured in the opening credits are: