Racial Diversity Does Not Equal Increased Missionary Opportunity

Had two conversations today that kind of left a bad taste in my mouth about how many white evangelicals see the world. Both conversations involved wonderful, Jesus loving people. However they are also both white people, with little multicultural experience on any kind of regular basis that I am aware of (maybe I'm wrong).

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,
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)

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)