Aug 11, 2010
Kids Are Not Born Bigots - We Teach them to be That Way
(Sarah Cunningham "Dear Church: Letters from a Disillusioned Generation).
Jesus never had issues with multi-culturalism or diversity. Jesus practiced multi-culturalism and diversity long before we ever had a name for them. To Jesus, people are his children in need of grace, forgiveness, and new life. Nothing more nothing less.
Why is it that we have such a hard time practicing what is so natural.
I relearned this truth on my recent trip with my kids. We spent a weekend with a few family friends. On a beautiful afternoon, all the girls were sitting on a log watching the tide roll in (Kaitlin, Katie, Ava, Kianna, Kailey, Karis, and Karis). Coming upon this scene one of the adults started singing, "Which one of these things is not like the other? Which one of these things doesn't belong?" And she asked the kids. To which the kids replied, "All the kids name start with a "K" sound while Ava starts with "A".
But what the adults were thinking was that all the kids were dark-haired and of Asian descent while Ava is a blond, blue-eyed, as white as you can get white kid.
What looked so obvious to the adults was not so obvious to the kids. They didn't see the color and racial difference until the adult mentioned it to them.
Multi-cutural diversity is built into human beings. Children don't see color. They see people.
It's so sad, but the truth is bigotry and racial profiling is a learned trait, and our society is too good at teaching this trait to our children.
Is it any wonder that Christ says that unless we all become like children we will not inherit the Kingdom of heaven.
God, may our churches reflect the beauty of all your cultural and racial diversity found in your created world.
at 4:10 PM