This past weekend, I got to spend a lot of time learning about cultures from around the world. I am trying to equip myself to be able to see the world through another persons perspective. So often, it is easy to think that everyone thinks like us Americans from the Bible-belt South. Although, every American may have different viewpoints, I personally don't think that we can begin to grasp the way another person thinks especially when they come from the other side of the world.
I have been learning about the family life of a segment of people from China, India, and Brazil. I had the opportunity to talk with them on a variety of subjects: views of government, entertainment, marriage, death, careers, family, parents, food, sports, etc. Not that these discussions necessarily reflect all the people from their respective countries, but it definitely gave my wife and I some neat insights. As the apostle Paul says in Acts 17, when he was speaking to the men at Areopagus, he talked about how God has determined where mankind would live. It is interesting to see how these folks see life, especially when I think of myself.
Sometimes, I can get close-minded to life. I can easily put MY worldview as THE universal perspective when I talk with people from other countries. But, God quickly rebukes me and shows me that He has been at work throughout the world and throughout history, especially when someone quotes a philosopher from their history and it ends up being a quote from the Scriptures. One thing is for sure, we all have a common bonds: SIN and HOPELESSNESS. The remedy for both is found in Christ alone.
What I would challenge you to self-examine yourself to see if you are truly desiring to see people as unique and created by God? This does not mean that you or I as believers and followers of Christ are to look past sin, but can we truly see people as created by God just like yourself. In order to have true compassion towards someone, you have to see people as God sees them and to be concerned with that person's position before God. That position will be a place of reward or judgement.
Just think about it?
Dennis Runner- a witness, a follower, a student, and a lump of clay in the hands of my God and Savior.