Embracing Diversity

My friend, Scott Williams, has been preaching this for a while now, but I really believe we must…


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?