In the book of Acts, on the day of Pentecost, there is a number of amazing miracles. One of those miracles, is that while the apostles and believers were giving a bold witness of the Gospel of Christ, all the variety of nationalities and ethnic groups heard that Gospel in their own heart languages. It is the exact opposite of what happens in Genesis at the Tower of Babel.
When God created man in His own image, He created one man. In my humble estimate of that story, God created one race of people, mankind. On the day when the people attempted to erect the tower to the heavens in Genesis, God created great diversity and scattered them around the earth. In my estimation, although we talk of different races, and we understand what we mean, I think it is still accurate to recognize that mankind is one. One race with many different ethnicities. Missiologists speak of “people groups” based on common language, cultural diversities, history, etc. So in one African nation there may be hundreds of ethnic groups, or people groups, even though they are all of the same color of skin. By some estimates there are about 12,000 different people groups in our world. Others have even higher numbers depending on their criteria for categorization.
For some reason history shows that the sinful nature of mankind leads him to mistrust, dislike, sometimes outright hate people who are different that we are. Whatever our cultural or enthnic background, we tend to think we are the best, or we are the preferred, or we are the right. But in the beauty of God’s creation, people are of multiple ethnicity, as someone suggested, almost like the colors of the rainbow, so that in that multi-color there is beauty.
What color was Adam’s skin? What were his facial features like? When mankind had multiplied and God sent the flood destroying all because of sin except for Noah and his family, what color was he? I dream of a church that reflects the community around us. I am told that the demographics of the community where the church I serve is located, that the population is a little over 50% African American, a llittle more than 30% Caucasian, and the rest are a blend of Asian, Hisapnic, and multiple other ethnicities. I don’t know of any churches in our community that have managed to blend all cultural and ethnic groups. Since we are going to spend an eternity together in heaven (those who know Jesus), shouldn’t we begin worshipping together now?