Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God re-mold your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity. (Romans 12:2, JB Phillips translation)Clearly God has a different plan in mind regarding minorities and immigrants than the world does. When I live in His Word, I am reminded that we are closer to God’s kingdom when we spend quality time with people from a variety of cultures. The Bible portrays this picture in many passages – from Abraham (Genesis 12:1, 2) to Pentecost (Acts 2) to the multitude of peoples from every nation, tribe, and tongue that someday will gather around the throne of Heaven (Revelation 7). I imagine this is part of what Jesus had in mind when He prayed to His heavenly Father, “…your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10 NIV). Having minority and immigrant friends also helps me to keep a biblical perspective as the immigration debate rages around us. Often I can see our immigrant and minority friends’ faces when I hear hateful comments from our other friends and acquaintances of the majority culture. Many of my immigrant and minority friends are innocent children, who have a special place in our Lord’s heart and also in heaven. My hope and prayer is that God will use me as a bridge between cultures, my own majority culture and other minority and immigrant cultures. Maybe in that way I can have a little part in helping our Lord’s Kingdom come to earth as it is in heaven.
Dr. Norman G. Wilson pastored for six years in Indianapolis (1974-80) before serving as a Wesleyan missionary for 15 years in Latin America where he was involved in ministerial education and mission administration. Afterward, he served for 10 years in administrative roles in North America. He is currently an associate professor of Intercultural Studies and coordinates the Department of Intercultural Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University. He has written numerous articles on missions’ theory and practice and compassionate evangelism. Fluent in Spanish, Norman and his wife, Kim, are active in their local church called Iglesia Wesleyana Amistad Cristiana in Carmel, Indiana. Please note that the views expressed do not necessarily represent those of everyone associated with G92 or any institutions with which the blogger may be affiliated. We’re always looking for new guest bloggers; please check out our Guest Blog Submission Guidelines if you’re interested.