Diversity not Division
In our culture today it is important to help our children understand the importance of diversity and how to successfully embrace it. From their school to Wal-Mart, they see many different ethnic groups, skin colors, life styles, along with all different shapes and sizes of people. Because we are unique, we also have different skills, talents and desires. Without proper perspective and the right heart to embrace our differences, our kids may grow up in unhealthy fear, which could lead to a hard heart. These few questions will help you lead your family through a healthy conversation about finding value in our differences.
What do all people have in common?
We are all created unique in many ways but with a common desire to be safe, loved and to be in community with others. From the very moment we are all born into this world, our Creator gave each one of us a heart to desire these things. God created all mankind with these things in common to bring us together in love and not to divide us because we are different.
Why do some people not accept others?
Listen carefully to the answers. Many times they will be talking about their own lack of understanding why people live differently and believe differently. It is in this misunderstanding that we begin to stereotype others, which can lead to becoming prejudice. God sees all His children the same and loves them all equal. Help your children understand that one Creator created us all.
What are the benefits of learning more about others?
By listening to the stories of other people we learn about different cultures and how they grew up to be who they are today. We can also gain insight on the many things we do have in common such as the value of our families and how we care for others. This can also lead to new opportunities to discover new ideas and how we can see the world from a different viewpoint.
One way you can teach the value of diversity is to have different races and ethnic groups over to your house or take them to dinner so your children can see how you value others. The world needs us to be even more intentional in embracing others in love and not judgment. This is a value each of our children need to be healthy and successful in our world today. C2 it.