Imagination and Moving Beyond the Single Story

— by Andy Wade —

Chimamanda AdichieAs a follow-up to Monday’s post it seemed appropriate to include this TED talk by Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie: “The Danger of a Single Story”. As our world continues to shrink and we encounter people from different cultures, this is a critical reminder of our need to broaden our perspectives.

This is an issue of culture, of understanding, of relationship, and the Kingdom of God. The vision of God’s Kingdom we find in the Bible is not one of homogenization. No, the vision we discover is that God’s amazing imagination created people of different languages, music, foods, and practices, and one day God will draw us all together on his holy mountain.

As you watch this video, imagine what it would be like to live into the diversity created by God’s own hand. How might God be calling us to begin living today these values of God’s Kingdom? What kinds of attitudes and actions promote God’s vision for us? What well-intentioned actions actually diminish the image of God imprinted in those who differ from us? Reflect on the vision given to Isaiah (25:6-8),

On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine— the best of meats and the finest of wines. On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The Lord has spoken.