The Beauty of Diversity and the Problem of Multiculturalism

The Beauty of Diversity and the Problem of Multiculturalism


“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.
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3 thoughts on “The Beauty of Diversity and the Problem of Multiculturalism

  1. Excellent article. Yes, multiculturalism is fantastic, depending upon how you define it. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes unto the Father but by me.” We must stand on that. We can honor what is good, in biblical terms, in other cultures, but we must not honor anything that is no good, in biblical terms. I actually believe that multiculturalism cannot work in a country. There must be some rallying points around which virtually everyone agrees. We are headed to something far from this. Regardless of how diverse culturally a church is, for example, it always must have a leader who rallies the group around certain non-negotiable standards.

  2. In the west, it is imperrative that the superiority complex and impact of Europeans and Euro Americans (white) and white privilege be carefully examined alongside the Christian path of diversity. When white christians make engage this topic they must understand that their mentality does effect or influence how they view culture from a biblical standpoint. Often culture is discussed in Christianity without the context of the impact of white people and the way they think and relate to the rest of the world. I am half white….and mean not to be hurtful or divisive, but I must take a risk and make this statement. It is the very marginalization and lack of empathy towards others’ cultures by white people that caused severe damage to the way the west and even the World views God.

    1. I’m a Christian university professor and am currently designing a course on multicultural education. Excellent article! I agree that our students need to be challenged to examine all cultural practices, norms, and traditions from a Scriptural worldview. I made a commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ long ago that I would not promote moral relativism and that I would take a Biblical stance.

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