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Vantage point


United for a greater cause

The large high school I attended was about evenly split among Caucasians, Hispanics and blacks. Among the Caucasians were many recognizable European ethnic groups — Italian-Americans, Slavs and many others. We also had a significant number of Asians. It was a California melting pot.

Three of my best friends were Chinese, black and Polish. Race didn’t mean much to me.

During my days at the school, there were occasional battles between ethnic groups — but these were usually perceived as gang issues, not ethnic differences.

Every year we had “the Big Game,” the football shootout with the other high school in the city. Then it was taboo to have a friendship with anyone from the other school … which was difficult for me. I lived two houses from the street that was the dividing line that determined which school you would go to; many of my friends were on the other side.

So one day out of the year I pretended I didn’t know them. During the Big Game, I saw ethnic differences crumble. Then the only thing that mattered was which high school you attended.

Ethnic groups and factions that were normally at odds stood together. For one day out of the year, a greater cause united them.

There are much greater causes that should unite ethnic groups today. We are all made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27; James 3:9). There is one Church, composed of all Christians from “every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9). Every individual, of every ethnic group, is an eternal soul in need of a Savior (Mark 8:36).

It has been my great joy to experience the life and ministry of people of many different ethnicities — both abroad and in our own nation. What a privilege God has given us to be part of such a mosaic. Let’s all enjoy the rich diversity that is found in the body of Christ.

Ken Horn

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