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Cheerios, the Church, and Diversity

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  1. Adam says:

    Why should the church make racial and ethnic integration a priority?

  2. Brian Alexander says:

    Im actually surprised that anyone would care or make a issue over a biracial child and his/her family. Not in 2013 this is not 1963. Sure many people might not believe or agree with mixed relationships, but nevertheless they accept it and move on. Most of us either have friends or family that are mixed or in a mixed relationship. some have even dated other ethic groups, in the past. I think somewhere around 5-10% have done this

  3. David Mitchell says:

    Great article Jemar. And not just a problem in the USA. I’m in Australia and I think we need to address this, especially between whites and Aborigines.

  4. André McCarroll says:

    Romans 3:23

    English Standard Version (ESV)

    for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

    When we lose sight of the grace of God in Christ on the cross, we can easily fall into the deception that comes in the form of pride. In this case, it’s the pride of assumed racial supremacy.

    Unfortunately, the vast majority of churches in America seem to support segregation, rather than integration. As I often remind my friends, there is no White heaven or Black heaven. We could use a

    Huge dose of true Christianity in America. Let’s get our “comfortable” butts out of the pews, and take the greatest news ever to those who need it. Starting with us!

  5. Amy Bayliss says:

    This is a very insightful and much needed article, Jemar. I am blessed to attend an equally mixed church here in the south (Bethany World Prayer Center) where there are a multitude of races represented. I even live in a neighborhood where we are frequently polled because of how diverse we are. We all welcome each other with open arms and smile with a genuine love but I sense there is still a problem. I think we’ve swung to far on the other side of the pendulum with the race issue. Before there was so much focus on race that it caused division. Now there is so little emphasis on it that it causes division.

    I want to know more about the heritage and history of those in my community. Despite what others think not all black people are from Ethiopia, not all white people are from England, not all Asians are from China, and so on. There is great differences in each country even if the skin color is similar. That is where we fail.

    I want us to overturn the whole “color blind” philosophy. The beauty lies within the color; the heritage. I’m of French Acadian (Cajun) descent. I grew up thinking my history was that of British or Northern European descent. We aren’t taught our own history here in most schools so it is long forgotten. It is lumped together with every other European’s history. Until I began to uncover my own family’s records I had no idea the beauty that it held or the fact that my people were originally from France but resided for hundreds of years in Canada before they were exiled. I was blown away by what I learned and I want to share it with everyone but yet, I’m just another white person.

    My point is that we don’t know enough about each other to be completely comfortable. Sure, we have broken ground with many relationships and have many friends of many races but we’ve also taken the time to ask others about their culture. I’ve learned that what used to be unusual or off putting to us was simply unfamilar. We all have different traditions, languages (hardly anyone understands my Cajun dialect), fashion, names, history, strengths, weaknesses, and so much more. Until we embrace that about each other we will remain distant. That’s my two cents on the matter.

    btw… I happen to think most of YouTube’s commenters are unmonitored children. I don’t give much thought to those comments although it really could be insight to what is going on in the home or media.

  6. Guest says:

    It is nice not to see color when it comes to interracial marriages, but I do. I also see gender. Why is there such a disparity in interracial marriages involving blacks and whites when it comes to the number of black males who marry white females in comparison to the number of black females who marry white males? The percentages are not even close. This is an important issue that RAAN should address, especially since it affects a number of godly single African American women.

  7. David Hoffelmeyer says:

    A church with a solid view of justification and union with Christ cannot allow attitudes that are hostile toward diversity in general or interracial marriage in particular. One of Paul’s main applications for both of these doctrines was to eliminate barriers to the unity of churches that served among Jews and Gentiles, males, females, Scythians, slaves, and freedpersons. If all are sinners before the Judge, pardoned only through faith in Christ’s sufficient merit, then no one can look down their noses at others as though they were somehow better. If Christ is all and in all then no person is a second class person, and no marriage is a second class marriage.

  8. Trillia says:

    Thanks for writing this, Jemar! I’m late to the party here but wanted to thank you for specifically addressing the church. Great job!

  9. Robert Blackburn, Jr says:

    Great article and deep truth! You are so right, and thank you for the insight. As Caucasian parents of Chinese daughters, we have had our share of questioning looks. I was not raised in a culture where this ad would have been accepted and I am so glad we have an awesome healing Abba Father God who is greater than any fleshly thought or feeling.

  10. Micah Vanella says:

    Honestly I didn’t think much about the commercial until this article… so I didn’t think twice about the interracial marriage. I saw a woman, her daughter, and the father/husband. Not a white woman, a mixed race child, and a black man.

    Secondly… going to the YouTube comments section of any video is not a good meter for the racial atmosphere in this country. That’s like walking into the freezer to find out how hot it’s going to be outside that day. YouTube is full of the most vile, hateful, evil, debased commenters on the internet.

  11. Mike Jewell says:

    I am an American living in Brazil for 16 years now. I clicked on the Cheerios add. I watched it, waiting for the punchline. It wasn’t until I read the commentary that I realized that the BIG deal was a race one. I couldn’t believe it. Funny how that living in a mixed race society where black-white marriages are the norm has numbed me in a good way from the stupidity of racism.

  12. disqus_ZdUOT5XC3I says:

    Billy Graham once said something to the effect that interracial marriage would be one key way that we would finally see racism removed from the church. I think he was on to something.

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