About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Wrong With Multiculturalism?
start, I don't claim to have all the answers on this matter, and I know
there is more to be said. I
point out only one aspect to
Canada, we have been familiar with multiculturalism for quite some time, and
has taken on a broader definition than simply two cultures co-existing.
In short, multiculturalism is now the process by which one
immigrates to a nation and has the legal right to exercise his distinct
cultural differences in his new nation.
United States has boasted of being the melting pot of the world.
People who immigrate to the U.S.
traditionally adopt the American way as their own, and why not?
That's why they came to
along with her cousin tolerance, has become the norm in the western
world. In much of the rest
of the world, this is not the case.
Herein lies a problem for many in the west.
When people immigrate from these nations, they don't share the
same multicultural mentality, although they gladly benefit from it.
chancellor of Germany
recently admitted that multiculturalism hasn't worked in her nation.
Those of the Muslim persuasion who have relocated to
difference between Christianity and Islam is how they view religion in
relation to the state. For
the Christian, their first allegiance is, or should be, to the
and tolerance sounds great on the surface. There are some good aspects
to it. Harmonious
co-existence is what we all want. Multiculturalists
probably liked President George Bush senior's idea of a kinder gentler
that being said, I've been asking myself, "does the Bible say
anything about multiculturalism"?
Part of the answer is found in Genesis 11 where all mankind spoke
one language. Genesis 11:2
says that man moved west with the hope of urbanizing himself into
cities. Verse 4 gives us the
reason for this urbanization. Man
wanted to "make a name for himself".
In the name of self-promotion, man built the first city with a
tower. something God didn't like.
don't think God is unhappy with cities and towers.
If He was, we should smash down the thousands of church building
steeples that extend upward across our skylines. God
also wasn't afraid of man climbing a tower and hopping a fence into
heaven as I seem to recall my Sunday school teacher suggesting.
It was what this tower symbolized that bothered God. He
was unhappy with man making a name for Himself and becoming the center
of God's world. In Genesis
11:6 God said, "if as one people speaking one language they have
begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for
was God's will to confuse our language which helped the formation of
distinct cultural communities. God
knew that we were capable of doing almost anything.
Cultural differences were meant to inhibit us from doing anything
we could think of in the name of self-promotion.
learn a couple of things here. By
God's own admission, man is capable of doing pretty well anything.
We've come a long way since Babel. Humanistic aspirations that motivated us to build the
since Babel, we have been undoing what God did when He separated us into distinct
cultural communities. Technical
advances in computers, communication, world travel, and more, have
contributed to undoing Genesis 11. According
to the Futurist view of prophetic history that I adhere to, man will
succeed in undoing Genesis 11 for a brief time at the end of this age.
don't believe Christians should oppose multiculturalism based on any
bias and prejudice. Multiculturalism
sounds like the kind and gentle way to go, but it's just one more thing
that dismantles God's will for fallen man as seen in Genesis 11.
With all social trends, we should always ask, "what does the
Bible say"? Whether
right or wrong on this issue, this is my present thinking, as limited as
it might be. Feel free to