diversity

My friend, Scott Williams, has been preaching this for a while now, but I really believe we must move past just tolerating other races, to embracing and enjoying them. When I posted my last post, I felt I hit a nerve and started to just leave it up for a while longer to see if/who would comment. I think many are complacent and don’t realize or don’t want to think about this issue that I’m raising.

If you look at it from a Biblical and heavenly perspective, it really is something that I believe is close to God’s heart. Jesus was not white. God is not either. The Bible speaks of every nation and every tribe. I can’t wait to experience what Heaven will be like. I’ve had a few (3 total) memorable experiences in my life where I thought I saw a glimpse of what Heaven will be like. It was amazing. 

My kids go to a public school and I smile everytime I visit and witness the diversity of their classmates – from black to white, to Asian, Hispanic and Indian – my kids are surrounded by a beautiful picture of God’s creation.

My best friend is black. His wife is white. Their child is the cutest child you’ve ever seen. I see beauty in the various people around my city and around the world. I started to show a picture of my son’s desk in his Kindergarten class with his deskmates and friends that are black and Hispanic, but my wife wouldn’t let me post a picture of someone else’s kids on the web. 

From the National Policy Institute – DID YOU KNOW?

As a percentage of world inhabitants, the white population will plummet to a single digit (9.76%) by 2060 from a high-water mark of 27.98% in 1950.

The big population story of the 21st Century is shaping up to be the status reversal of whites and blacks and the Indian baby boom. A side bar will be the single digit minority role that whites will assume. Of the 7 population groups studied, only whites are projected to sustain an absolute decline in numbers.

In 1950 whites and blacks were respectively 27.98% and 8.97% of world population. By 2060 these figures will almost reverse as blacks surge to 25.38% and whites shrink to 9.76%. From 2010 the white population will decline while blacks will add 1.2 billion to their numbers. In this time frame the the Indian subcontinent will gain 1.2 billion people.

* So – what comes to mind when you hear and read about “every nation and every tribe”. What do you think about the concept of embracing diversity, rather than simply tolerating it?

Greg Atkinson

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