For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him.
— Romans 10:12
Years ago in Brazil, a contingent from a native Indian tribe was scheduled to meet with President Ernesto Geisel. The men arrived wearing their traditional clothing, and were denied an audience with the President because they weren’t properly dressed in suits and ties.
The incident made the Brazilian national news. So the native men told the press, “We now insist that any government official visiting an Indian village must wear a feathered headdress and body paint!”
Everyone has a tendency now and then to have the attitude, “My way or the highway!” They refuse to interact with others because of what they see as irreconcilable differences brought about by generation gaps and culture. But the truth is that your way may not be the only way of doing things.
That’s why God calls all of us to break through those barriers… to cross cultural boundaries and to bridge generation gaps in order to further His Kingdom.
It’s not your way or the highway. It’s always God’s way first. Follow His way by stepping out of your comfort zone and engaging people of different cultures and ages. When you do, you’ll find you’re much more alike than you’d ever imagined!
Pray that God would give you an attitude of acceptance of people from different cultures and ages in order to expand His Kingdom!
Questions for Thought
Why do you think people naturally reject what’s different rather than trying to look past the exterior?
What’s one way you can be more accepting of people of different cultures and generations in order to expand God’s Kingdom among them?