How to Recognize Authentic Diversity

Why are we so lousy at cultural diversity?

Lin Cochran Burgin
Jun 24 · 6 min read
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Humans have it rough. We are the only animals in this galaxy, that we know of, who are expected to practice diversity.

Once upon a time, we had it easy just like all the other animals. God made us and said, “Have fun, kids. All you gotta do is have babies and look after my critters. But leave the God stuff to me.”

The “look after my critters” part put us in charge of the fauna and flora.

But, nooo. It wasn’t enough to have dominion over the whole planet. Nooo, we had to dabble in playin’ God. We messed up big time, and now we have to work at it. We brought it on ourselves.

Now we have to read and think and make laws and break laws and we’re still arguing about who’s boss.

Fast forward to the last couple of hundred years, and up pops stuff like cultural diversity.

Before we had the ability to travel, we usually died in the herd we were born into. We didn’t know if life was fair because nobody had a camera.

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There was no such thing as cultural diversity. Now, every day, one group objects to yet another group having it easier than they do.

They don’t look right.

They don’t act right.

They don’t think right.

They don’t smell right.

Yet they get breaks we don’t get.

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When are we going to learn?!

God created authentic diversity. He loves it. He didn’t intend for us to be the same. I can’t explain that without running off down a rabbit hole that will take 30,000 words to dig my way out of. So let's just say our Creator would no more enjoy sameness in people than He would enjoy uniformity in flowers.

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Imagine the world with only one color rose, one type of bird, only one fish, one gem, one insect, one tree, one animal. Our Creator basks in the reflected glory of authentic diversity. The one unifying factor overall is the Creator Himself. His Christ. The Lord’s Christ. (Luke 2:26 KJV)

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Creation is ongoing

Throughout this universe and all the many others, the Creator’s Christ is known as the unifying principle of love and light that holds it all together. I cannot say how many universes exist, as the number keeps growing, according to science.

Spiritual realm entities revere Christ. Even evil spirits who challenge His authority know who Jesus Christ is!

Read in Acts 19: 11–18 (KJV), where seven vagabond Jews who were exorcists tried to call spirits out of a man with whom the apostle Paul had been working. Even though they used the name of Jesus, just as Paul had done, the evil spirit said, ‘Jesus I know and Paul I know, but who are you?’ Then the man with the evil spirit jumped on the seven and beat them up. They fled naked and wounded. Afterward, the people of the village were so shaken they burned their books of ‘curious arts,’ worth many thousands of dollars even then. These evil ones abound.

Learning who Christ really is

By the way, much less is known of Christ here on Earth than in other realms. Too often Christ is limited to the Jesus of organized religion. He is that too, but that is not all. Perhaps the easiest way to understand this is to use your imagination to visualize a colony of ants.

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Do you suppose that a colony of ants busily tending their world knows all there is to know about us, much less all of human civilization? When it comes to comprehending the scope of Creation and Christ, humans are like ants — intelligent and capable of building an entire society. Naturally, even ants are significant parts of Creation. Not a single iota of Creation is insignificant.

Nevertheless, every element of Creation which does not glorify the Creator disappears with terrible swiftness, as eternity is measured, like a colony of ants wiped out by a misplaced foot. Remnants of the colony may pick up and begin rebuilding, as could the people of earth. Why should this happen? We hope it won’t. Or do we? Better not go there either.

The Creator loves authentic diversity

Because of the Creator’s love of diversity, many methods of serving Christ were set up to accommodate the natures of the created ones. Many cultures glorify God in many different ways. Many ways lead to the Son.

Would a loving Creator expect the lovely Tahitians to adapt to the environment of, say, the Eskimos? Whom does he love more? He created various climes and populated them with creatures who could adjust to His ways.

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Can we not discern the absurdity of a belief system that would put plastic shoes on a Navaho child’s feet and call it civilization?

Do we not recognize the insanity behind enslaving another entire people? The absurdity of considering one gender subservient to another? These things are done entirely through animal instinct. Watch the diverse behavior of animals. These teach us well. We are called upon to rise above animal instinct.

What is instinct and what is free-will choice?

Watch how sheep follow, but sheepdogs herd. See how lions band together, but leopards hunt alone. Observe the way swans mate for life, but felines prowl the streets at night. All instinct placed in them by their Creator.

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Then look at one such as the Blessed Mother Theresa, who laid aside all animal instincts, made her free will one with the Father’s and spent much of her life praying and tending the sick. Even though she had her doubts, she operated on faith, and this woman was and is universally loved by all who know of her.

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Animal nature

We are lousy at cultural diversity because it goes against our animal nature. Our compassionate Creator knew from the beginning we mortals would never conquer our animal natures completely; therefore, the total relinquishment of instinct is neither necessary nor wise. He gave us common sense and intelligence to sort out for ourselves the culture in which we find ourselves. Rather than trying to overcome our innate tendencies, it is better to learn to cooperate and direct them into the service of God and mankind. Our spirits were created in the image of God, but our bodies are animal. We are territorial animals.

It’s not healthy to act like animals

But — and this is the biggest but of all — regardless of who we are, we go against His laws when we act against our own best interests. He said it is not healthy for us to sleep around, get stoned, get drunk, fight, and murder one another.

If we had not messed it up in the beginning, none of this would have ever come up. But we’re into it now, so we just have to pay attention and do what He tells us so we won’t end up cast into the fire like books of curious arts.

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