When we last met together on the written page, I promised that we would look at how diverse our world's population has become. We will do that; after saying, "Wow I never thought about that before."
What is the next step that can be the most humanitarian thing you have ever done?
- Would you develop or ignite a personal vision to help someone, or some group, in order to be "salt and light" as God's Word refers?
- Would you develop a behavior to impact others?
According to the Mitsubishi Research Institute the diversity of our world can be assessed in several ways. If we shrink the world's population to a village of 100 people. It would look like the following:
- 57 Asians
- 21 Europeans
- 14 from the Western Hemisphere
- 8 Africans
Of these 100 villagers:
- 52 are female, 48 are male
- 70 are non-white, 30 are white
- 70 are non-christian, 30 are christian
- 89 are heterosexual, 11 are homosexual
- 59% of the wealth is held by 6 people
- 80% live in substandard housing
- 70% are unable to read
- 50% suffer from malnutrition
- 1 is near death, 1 is near birth
- 1 has a college education
- 1 owns a computer
Learning to live and embracing all that entails in a diverse culture is the heart of our survival.
What does it mean to you?
As you look at the list that you just read, what stands out that makes you want to do something about the problem? As a servant of my Lord, I want to reach those and bring them to Christ.
At a Billy Hybels' Summit in 2007, he introduced me to a stirring thought, "Holy Discontent." From that moment on I looked at the evil in the world and vow to fight it with more vigor. However, I am not talking about evil as the only problem that we can help solve.
Let me use a personal example; I entertain in senior centers, churches, as well as, other venues. Generally, I pick the style of music in regard to Gospel, 50's, 60's and so forth. One of the senior centers that I entertain in has a large number of Asian participants. Instead of doing comedy and ballads, I select a more upbeat music program in order to create audience participation.
What does this tell you?
Sometimes in order to be ministry effective we must get out of our comfort zone. We might have to volunteer in a homeless shelter, or we might be convicted to learn a language in order to meet a need. Dealing with diversity does not mean ignoring it; it means you are meeting a need head on with love for all people.
A pastor once told me that my age group does not keep pace with their younger counterparts. I told him to ask a geezer like me to do something and it gets done.
We are not far behind in the electronic race.
According to Verizon FIOS:
- Older adults 65-74 access the Internet at rates higher than many expected with 58% stating they regularly log on.
- 28% of those over 65 discuss Internet health care information with their doctors, compared with 33% of those under 65.
This short piece of information speaks of information necessary for me to listen to.
- It indicates that all age groups can be wired for the future.
- Each age group can have a desire for its individual members to know about world problems and do something about them.
All ages must consider the following and then identify one or more problems. Then our "Holy Discontent" will move us to do something.
- What about the poor?
- Who will care for the sick and dying?
- Will anyone visit the prisoners?
- Who will clothe the naked?
- Who will take in the orphans?
- Who will give water to the thirsty, and community to the outcast?
Remember Popeye and his famous statement, "That's all I can stands, and I can't stands no more?"
When all ages in our churches and communities recognize what is going on around us and we are stirred with "Holy Discontent," we will become Popeye people loving our neighbors as ourselves.
The next time we have lunch together at Redd's Diner (the written gathering) we shall look at the new old and their problems.
In His service
Posted on Thu, October 28, 2010