Sunday will end our current series about building a multicultural church, but hopefully only the beginning of an important conversation. If you’re like me, there are many things still to learn.
One of the things I find myself saying a lot when it comes to questions of race is, “I don’t understand….” “I don’t understand why white people do this. I don’t understand why black people say that.” And so forth.
Said in the heat of an argument or when confronted with some uncomfortable reality, these words come across as a not-so-subtle accusation that the other person is wrong. The implication is, if they had it right, I WOULD understand.
But look at the words again… “I don’t understand…”. Who needs the education here? I do! Who is the one lacking understanding?? Me!
This is crucial, my friends. As long as I blame others, I won’t grow very much. But when I take responsibility for understanding, so much more is possible.
God made us with important and beautiful cultural differences that reflect the diversity of his creation. Differences between white culture and black culture. Differences between Europeans and Latin Americans and Asians. Imagine if we saw this as a blessing and not a threat. Imagine if we engaged our neighbors with genuine curiosity to learn about what makes them tick so we might love them more deeply.
It’s ok to start from a place of ignorance. No one is born knowing all these things. But let us turn our ignorance into understanding. Let us wonder at the glory of what God has made and give thanks for all people.
Turn your ear to wisdom and apply your heart to understanding. If you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. -Proverbs 2:2-5
With great hope,