Here's what bothered me - when I talked about my new job, and about how the place I work is a very racially diverse environment, both individuals replied along the lines of, "Wow, what a great ministry opportunity." It seemed as if they equated racial diversity with a need for evangelism. Like where I work is some how more of a mission field than any place else.
I feel blessed to be immersed, albeit for a short time, in a racially diverse setting. I'll be the first to admit that I am often not comfortable, and that I have been forced to face some of my own fears and prejudices. Yet I know that there is something to be learned during my time in this location. I also feel like I am getting a tiny glimpse into what Revelation declares,
“Worthy are you [Jesus] to take the scroll and to open its seals,After this I [John] looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb [Jesus], clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9)
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:9)