Skip to comments.Positive Racial Contributions - Completing the Family of Man.
Posted on 02/24/2011 8:12:36 AM PST by geraldmcg
You know that it is a common issue all over the world that each ethnic group can look at any other ethnic group and find a characteristic that may not fit their own mindset of normal behavior. For example, group (A) may like to sit on the ground, eat their chicken soup out of one big community bowl and chant about the earth, wind and fire, while group (b) prefers to sit on couches, eat their buffalo wings and watch an Earth, Wind and Fire concert on HDTV. Neither one is right or wrong, yet we can easily let petty things like this drive a wedge between us.
What do you think God's intentions were when he created such a racially and culturally diverse world? That is not an easy question to answer. However I do believe that each ethnic group was blessed with talents and unique abilities that were meant to complete the family of man, and enrich the global community. Keeping in mind that we are not bound to the legacy of our ancestors, individually we can aspire to what our hearts desire.
I am just going to name a few examples of what I am trying to convey. This is not an all inclusive list. I will call these positive racial contributions (others might call it racism).
Japanese (or Oriental Natives) - math, innovation, detail and focus
Mexican (or South American Natives) - horticulture, metallurgy, patience
African (or Black Natives) - athletics, rich textiles, endurance
German (or European Natives) - engineering, science, determination
English - Scottish (Northern Europe Natives) - business administration, animal husbandry, methodology
America is a huge laboratory where we can bring all these talents and traits together, blessing each other and the world.
What are your thoughts? Can you add to these or offer your own observations to the gifts and dominant positive traits of any other people groups. There are so very many. What about your own ancestry?
The article clearly said that this is not an all inclusive list. And no individual is bound to the legacy of their ancestors. This is just my opinion. There are so many more positive traits in each people group.
This is not the world God created or intended. It is a fallen sin sick world.
Re-read Genesis. Dividing up by language is a punishment for disobeying God by building the Tower of Babel. That narrowed the gene pool within these groups leading to them sharing similar physical characteristics. The term “race” is very Darwinian, suggesting that people with higher levels of melanin in their skin are less evolved from the ape than those with less melanin.
We are all of the same race: the human race.
We all share the same skin color: melanin, just in differing amounts.
Just because someone from Japan has more fatty tissue around their eye doesn't inherently make them more “mathematical” than one without the higher level of fat around their eyes.
Some people live in a racist bubble, others live on a sphere of amazing races. Yes, imperfect and often corrupt. Still full of potential in the eyes of God.
It's not a difficult question at all. Just read chapter 11 of the book of Genesis.
Assigning specific characteristics to the various races is the definition of racist.
A total straw man argument. The most virulent racist that ever lived didn't did give a fig about how people ate their chicken soup. It was the missionary soup that he objected to
OK, I'm being a little facetious here, but the point is valid. Nobody cares about how others live their private lives; but it is not petty things that separate cultures. Details like female circumcision, tribal loyalties versus national loyalties versus globalism. Whether I keep what I produce or have it forcibly taken from me by the state. whether I should be forced to approve of something that I consider the height of immorality, or to pay for the murder of a child. These are the types of things that separate us. And to a large degree (certainly there are numerous excpetions), the way people feel about such things can be related statistically to their ethnic groups
And, of course, it's mostly about money. Those that don't have it want yours, whether they live in the same country as you do, or not.
Should everyone be judged as an individual? Absolutely!!
But I am not going to judge people by their own standards. Why would I take the effort to learn what they are? I will judge them by mine, which I hope, and try to ensure, are in accordance with God's standards.
But if I were to judge by their standards, whoever they might be, what would be the point of having my own?
I may be a little stereotypical, however the common fruits of “ethnic” groups is hard to deny over time. What draws us to travel the world outside our own neighborhood? Rich new experiences hosted by very different people groups that have different gifts to give the world.
I learned this in academia, so it must be true!
America is a huge laboratory where we can bring all these talents and traits together, assimilating to the Judeo-Christian concepts that helped define our form of government and the concept of God given rights of man, blessing each other and the world.
I can tell that academia did not imprison your mind. You log in name suits you.
LOL. BTW, a great book that I discovered while temporarily incarcerated in academia is Stereotype Accuracy.
Turns out most stereotypes are true. Surprise, surprise.
Such a steaming load of crap!
Humans are a very young and very genetically homologous group.
The major differences between human populations are attributable to cultural differences not genetic differences.
Our differences are cultural not racial. Race is human invention with no scientific basis.
The differences between groups of people are mostly cultural, not racial. Your views are incredibly simplistic. For a greater understanding of culture and the causes and effects of same, read the books of Thomas Sowell. Oh and BTW, no not all cultures are created different but equal. Some cultures have obvious advantages over others. It is silly to pretend otherwise.
They are each distinctions without differences.
God made us different, but it is Christ that binds us. People who don't share my race, but have given their hearts to Christ, are my brothers.
No implications intended. I agree, cultures can make a big difference. Yet, I believe that we were created in God’s image. And as his offspring we have an inborn desire to create as well. Perhaps I pride myself on being simple minded. I have many more questions than answers.
I am your brother.
I think you are starting to understand the spirit in which I wrote the article. I do not deny the friction between different people groups. I think the heart of the conflicts we have are more spiritual than cultural. I was hoping people would contribute more positive attributes that our ancestors exhibited when relating to one another.
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