A couple months ago, I presented some thoughts on developing a philosophy of Christian higher education. In light of the discussion of Joy McCarnan’s book review, as well as the fact that diversity and higher education are so closely associated, it seemed to be a good time to reflect on what Scripture says about diversity. The purpose now is to focus on Scripture instead of criticizing specific actions by certain individuals or organizations. If any passages appear to be taken out of context or are misinterpreted, please don’t hesitate to point them out. I welcome suggestions and criticisms. This article is a work in progress about my own views and does not represent the position of any particular college or seminary.
So then, what exactly does the Bible say about diversity and humanity?
God places the highest value on human life.
God created the human entity in His own image (Gen. 1:26-27; James 3:9). Every man and woman of all time is a valuable creation of God. Each person is made in God’s image. Even though this image is marred, the human being is most important to God. Christians should value everyone as precious.
God does not view individuals differently because of their external appearances (1 Sam. 16:7; Rom. 2:11). God knows each person’s heart. One’s outward appearance does not change his or her standing with God. Christians should never prejudge another person on the basis of external characteristics (James 2).
God is most concerned with the immaterial (soul/spirit) essence of each person, and He wants an intimate relationship with each person (John 3). He desires that everyone live with Him forever (2 Pet. 3:9).
God is glorified by the diversity of His creation in general (Gen. 1:31). We too, should appreciate the beauty of variations within creation. Read more about Thoughts on Diversity and Scripture