Is Multiculturalism Biblical?

Well, is it?

America tends to track a few decades behind Europe in terms of our political and ideological arcs.  So I found this article from a week or so ago to be very interesting.  In it, German Chancellor Angela Merkel declares that the 50-year old German effort to build a truly multicultural society has failed.  She has made calls for all citizens of Germany to learn German as part of a greater, more intentional effort to integrate.
Since multiculturalism is one of the massive pushes in our own country right now (with the word including not simply ethnic multiculturalism but sexual multiculturalism), this is interesting.  Germany had perhaps the greatest of motivations to embrace multiculturalism as a final refutation of the Nazi ideology that tore not just Germany but all of Europe and the world apart.  If anybody was going to be serious about making sure that everyone felt equally valued and welcome, it would be Germany.  And now people are saying publicly what has been obvious and whispered about for some time.  
It hasn’t worked.
But we’re still trying.  We find it part of our cultural upbringing because our society has been very adamant about this.  I was watching old episodes of Fawlty Towers the other night, and realized how shocked I was at times by the racism in the show – racism that was being mocked, but was probably very accurate in it’s depiction.  The Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s continued into a more pervasive effort to level the playing field in almost every respect.  The byword of the last 20 years has been tolerance, which embodies most of the short-sighted goals of multiculturalism in a minimum of space.   But are we fooling ourselves?  Is the melting pot of American intended or able to allow all of the varied ingredients to retain their full and unique identities without somewhat blending into a broader amalgam of flavor?  
More importantly, is it the job of the Christian church to push for full multiculturalism?  Are we to be the evidence of the reversal of Babel as the Kingdom of Heaven is inbreaking into our world?  Is it simply sinful weakness to admit that we are very different from one another and that these differences can’t be neatly overcome without some level of give from all parties involved?   Do we lobby vociferously for the fulfillment of Galatians 3:28 here and now rather than in the eschaton?   Or are we to take a page of notes from the great lengths God went to in the Old Testament to distinguish His people from everyone else?  
I’m not making the argument for legitimizing racism or other forms of inequality.  But what I’m wondering is whether or not we can – let alone must – pretend that there aren’t very real differences when we come together as very different cultures.  Is it possible to think that we can maintain our full cultural individuality without compromise?  As the idea of the majority is continually deconstructed and dismissed, is what remains going to be a plethora of minorities existing in harmony?  Or do we need the idea of a cultural majority to couch our cultural differences within?  

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