I am going to make some bold statements here, that you will probably think are crazy. But hear me out.
First, imagine something with me. What would it have been like to be part of the Civil Rights Movement in America? To see the Washington Monument towering above, and hear the chants of the hundreds of thousands of citizens and leaders — African American or not, Christian or not — gathering together?
What would it have been like to be on the outside, to look on with interest, wondering whether to participate or not?
And what is it like, for those looking back on it now, wishing they had done more than just observe? For those who could have been part of something bigger than themselves?
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there’s been more than one story talking about the calm and order in post-tsunami japan. columnists are pointing out the lack of looting and lawlessness; kristof even prophesied the strength of japanese society when the earthquake hit. the unspoken comparison, of course, is what happened five and half years ago in new orleans. but the most memorable post-katrina quote, courtesy of kanye west, helps us understand why the social fabric of japan is woven differently: “george bush hates black people.”
japan thrives because of its homogeneity. and they’re not the only nations. when the annual list of best nations is published, invariably, homogenous nations like denmark top the list. and the challenge of the “other” has reached its breaking point all over western europe. the leaders of germany, france, italy, and the united kingdom have all declared that multiculturalism has failed and is unwanted.
but america clings to the idea that our society is stronger because of the
melting pot salad bowl, or at least we say we do. until the “other” starts to irritate us… like those asians in the library.
and are things really different in the church? rebecca kim chronicles how campus fellowships experienced their own white flight when asians started outnumbering them in her book, god’s whiz kids. church growth experts have consistently warned that the pursuit of diversity compromises growing numbers. even the utopian church of acts 2 devolved into alarming ethnic strife by acts 6.
but the Bible (well, it’s mostly the new testament) stubbornly clings to this idea that the church should be comprised of all people—gender, race, culture, sexuality, and class. it would be easier to be monocultural, but the apostles’ solution was not to divide into a jewish and gentile church, nor was it to force gentiles to adopt jewish practices. if we could just ignore those that don’t look or think like us, it certainly would be more efficient and effective. but our crucified and resurrected LORD rarely seems to take that route.
Entertainment is the draw for viewers in the online video world of YouTube. Education, not so much.
The top 4 Asian Americans on YouTube were recently listed over at sublimesilence:
3 of the above are noted as comedians. 1 is a musician. Hmmm.
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