This article was published in the following newspapers:
Norris City Banner – Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Ridgway News – Thursday, August 21, 2008
Gallatin County Democrat – Thursday, August 21, 2008
Anna Melissa Tribune – Friday, August 22, 2008
In today’s media culture, it seems like all we hear is “diversity, diversity, diversity!” It is no longer acceptable to be content as a southerner, a northerner, or even as an American. “Multiculturalism” is the catch-phrase of the day. We are encouraged to embrace the cultures of people from around the world, including Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle-East.
In one sense, this is a very good thing. A multicultural focus helps people conquer their prejudices. It is good to remember that all human beings are created in God’s image, and are therefore our brothers, even if their skin-color or language is different from ours.
Multiculturalism is also good for the dinner table! There are many yummy recipes which I just love, that originated within other world cultures. Anyone who enjoys visiting Chinese, Italian, or Mexican restaurants knows just what I mean.
But just like all of God’s other gifts, multiculturalism has become distorted and twisted by Satan. In modern society, multiculturalism has become perverted, and has turned into something truly ugly. The problem is that modern multicultural advocates do not merely want us to appreciate foreign languages, festivals, and foods. They also expect us to embrace foreign religions.
Just because I am multicultural enough to love Asian people and Chinese food, must I also accept Buddha? Just because I am multicultural enough to love Arab people and middle-eastern food, must I also accept Muhammad and the Islamic religion? God forbid!
What should multiculturalism look like? To find out, let us turn to the pages of Scripture:
And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth. . . . Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing! . . . Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:9-13)
In the book of Revelation, Jesus gives us a true picture of godly multiculturalism. We see every tribe and language and people and nation come together in blessed unity. But they do not bring their foreign gods with them. Their oneness is in their unified praise of Jesus Christ.
~ Joseph M. Gleason