Friday, September 7, 2007

Accents are Beautiful!

America (A Melting Pot of apathy)

Being in a call center environment for work I run across all different sorts of people, which is why the job doesn’t bother me, because there is always something different. I remember being in elementary school and being taught that America is a melting pot. Different cultures, religions, languages, and skin colors all melt together to make this beautiful (or what should be) thing called an American. Naturally, because we are a melting pot, different languages and accents would run rampant around this nation based on freedom, equality, and diversity (at least that is what the intentions were).

I get a phone call this morning and it is a nice sounding woman who begins by telling me how glad she is to get in contact with a “native” American who speaks English. She was not referring to me as an Indian, but as a typical white, protestant, spoon fed person who grew up in a country that speaks English. She said she is returning a call from a man who speaks very bad English and way too fast and actually requested to speak to someone who speaks good English. When I told her this was the person she needed to speak with she requested I send him a note saying to speak clearer and without the accent! Of course I did no such thing, and simply said I’d send him a note to call her back.

The reason that made my skin curl and stomach ache is because this is something that happens all too common. Diversity is beautiful, accents are reminders of diversity. I love to see a large array of beautiful skin tones, different languages, and cultural backgrounds gathered in one place. It is kind of a spiritual thing to me to see diversity. I think of heaven and what it will look and sound like. John saw something similar, but on a much larger scale, he recalls it in revelation 7:9, “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands (TNIV).”

We live in a country that boasts 85% of its population claim to be followers of Jesus Christ. That is a huge percentage! With that said there should be 85% of Americans who show proof they are in Him. John, the same writer who had a revelation of heaven, writes to fellow believers in 1 John and says, “This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did (1 John 2:5-6, TNIV).” Jesus is love, because God is love. Jesus was patient, Jesus was full of grace. God granted us grace by sending Jesus Christ as an atoning sacrifice for the entire world’s sin. If we have been granted grace, shouldn’t we show it?

So next time you call to pay a phone bill and you get “Todd” who happens to be in an Indian call center somewhere in Dubai, be patient. Think about the diversity that God so loves that He will fill His kingdom with it. Think about the grace and patience you are granted by Christ and grant it to others.

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