What If We Replaced The Wall with a Dome?

Consider the years 2011, 2016, 2023, and 2041.

2011 – Births in the United States included 50% minorities

2016 – Incoming kindergarden class was 50% minorities (because those babies turned 5)

2023 – Children in the U.S. will be 50% minorities (because those kindergarders keep growing)

2042 – Minority population of the U.S. will be the majority (because the children born in 2011 are now adults and  having their own children.

Soong-Chan Rah, the evangelical pastor and professor, offered a rousing look into the future at the NEXTChurch conference today and my favorite part of his address was this:

“The browning of America isn’t about immigration. It’s about birth rate. We could put a hermetically sealed dome over US & the US would still be brown in the not-so-distant future.”

In other words, we could keep everybody out of the United States except those living here right now, and still be a majority brown population in 2042.  So why are we spending money on a wall between the United States and Mexico?

Imagine using the 15 to 25 billion dollars the wall is expected to cost us to forgive student loans or paying reparations to the descendents of slaves. Both of those investments would benefit our country by bolstering the ability of people to buy homes and educate their own children.  It would be a life-giving choice as opposed to choosing fear and bigotry.

So what can we in the Church do now to prepare for this shift in our demographics?

  1. Rejoice.  A nation of immigrants from Asia, Africa, South America, as well as Europe only enriches our culture.  We are called, as followers of Jesus, to make disciples of all nations. This is an answer to our prayers.
  2. Look at how we worship, choose leaders, reach out into the community, and train our officers and then notice who’s being left out.
  3. Have uncomfortable conversations in congregations and beyond on race.  These books will spark those conversations.
  4. Sponsor a refugee family.  Love them and learn from them.
  5. Partner with a church that is different from our own.  For the very brave, partner with a mosque or synagogue. Eat together.  Share each other’s stories.
  6. Expect God to use all this for good – if we will live in faith rather than fear.

These are hopeful, holy days.  They are also anxious days.  Let’s keep them from being wall-building days, for the love of God.

Image from Under the Dome television show by Stephen King.

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2 responses to “What If We Replaced The Wall with a Dome?

  1. We shouldn’t be afraid, we should be prepared to worship differently, but to worship the same God. We should be prepared to change, but we will still worship the same God. After all, we are Christians, and Jesus has prepared us for the unexpected! Love your neighbor, he said, yes, love your neighbor, and, by the way, everybody is your neighbor. Thanks for sharing this.

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