“Are all cultures equal?”
When I ask students this question, a sharp student will usually respond by asking, “What do you mean by equal?”
“All right,” I’ll say, “as Christians, can we make judgments regarding societies? Can we judge whether a culture’s practices are God honoring and reflect biblical principles?”
Overwhelmingly, students—whether in high school or college—will argue that we shouldn’t make these types of judgments. Some students will argue passionately that it is discriminatory to judge someone else’s society. Many even believe it is wrong to judge their own culture and its practices. In part, this is the legacy of multiculturalism.
Multiculturalism is seemingly everywhere—championed by denominational leaders, corporate boards, and school systems. Nearly all teacher education and social work programs, including those at Christian colleges, require a course in multicultural education. Even though this ideology is coming under scrutiny in Europe, it is continuing to spread across North America—including Christian schools.