Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak, Slow to Become Angry ... Multi-ethnic Applications

James' counsel from James 1:19 - to be "quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry" - is absolutely vital for anyone attempting to create a multi-ethnic community.

Have you ever noticed that different people groups speak and operate at different speeds? 

One of my students was talking about this just the other day.  Her grandmother comes from Cuba and the rest of her family comes from Jamaica.  Her Cuban grandmother gets to talk a lot because Cubans tend to be quicker to speak than Jamaicans.  And she has lots of funny examples of this dynamic in play in her family.

But we in InterVarsity want to create multi-ethnic community, a community where everyone gets to participate.

Quick-speakers need to slow down, creating space for slow-speakers to contribute.  For example, if we Latinos have Asian siblings-in-Christ, we have to be quick to listen and slow to speak.  And when we get tired of slow, respectful conversations ... we can practice being slow to become angry.

Creating space for people who are different from us to participate ... this is an essential part of our participation in the family of God.  And if we do create space for diverse communication, people feel honored and God's glory gets put on display.

How have you created space for people who are different from you to participate in the family of God?

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