PART 2: Get Ready to Be Challenged and Encouraged
Thank God for the example of Apostle Paul. He is certainly one of the best-known figures in the Bible. The letters he wrote thousands of years ago remain insightful and beneficial to us today. They provide us understanding, direction and faith we need to heal our nation.
Diversity Outreach Specialist: Think about it. The Apostle Paul was of Jewish ancestry, yet God called and commissioned him to share the Good News with the Gentiles―people of different ethnicities, if you will. Today, Conservatives find themselves with a similar challenge faced by the Apostle Paul. Mostly made up of white Americans, Conservatives are trying to broaden their traditional base by inspiring more minorities, women and young people to join the ranks of their movement—diversity inclusion.
Consider this: By profession, the Apostle Paul was an attorney and a tent-maker (Acts 18:3). In essence, God called the Apostle Paul to assemble a “big tent”. The phrase “big tent” is a metaphoric expression for diversity engagement. Conservatives say it all the time, “We need to have a big tent.”
History’s greatest diversity outreach specialist, the Apostle Paul understood that the first step in diversity outreach is not about being visible. That comes later. It’s about understanding where the other person is coming from─enter their world to learn how you may see things from their point of view. Then, you’ll know exactly what to say and how to say it to win the narrative battle.
In 1 Corinthians 9:22, the Apostle Paul provides us his insight on diversity engagement:
Among the weak in faith I become weak like one of them, in order to win them. So, I become all things to all people, that I may save some of them by whatever means are possible. – (Good News Translation)
The Message Translation puts it this way:
19-23 Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it! – (1 Corinthians 9:19-22, Message Translation)
If you enter the world of African-Americans and try to understand things from our viewpoint, you’ll quickly discover that the word “conservative” is not the language of liberty. It’s the language of oppression and cruelty.
TO BE CONTINUED