The Beauty of Language
In today’s culture, one can’t help but to look around themselves and see the diverse languages in their local areas! I remember growing up and seeing English, Tagalog, and Spanish being prominently spoken around me. When I worked in NYC teaching English, English speakers were the minority in my zip code. Though some might see English as the dominant language in our culture, one can’t help but to see the beauty of the other languages surrounding us.
The plurality of languages has given its credit, based on scripture, to the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. This was not a good thing, though. The plurality of languages was a punishment because of the disobedience of the people on earth. Once a people who spoke one language now were scattered and spoke many languages. One thing that God is truly good at, though, is taking these punishments he has given and still show his glory through them. When looking at the Gospel and the impact it makes throughout the early church, one can see who the Gospel was, and is, impacting all nations. It impacts all people and all languages. The spread of Christianity, through the difficulties that christian suffering brings, shows the diverse kingdom that us Christians partake in. When I open scripture and spend time with God, I am not doing this alone. I have both brothers and sisters in Christ worshiping the same God, through the same scriptures, and through different languages. That is awesome!
So What Does This Mean For Me?
Practically speaking, within the vision and mission of the Christian Minority Project, there is a practical step you can take in helping spread the Gospel and education material world wide.
1. If you speak a language – ANY language – you can be a major help in making educational materials available. Though there is a need for the minority languages, a big part of that process is using the other majority languages of the world as a door into the minority languages. For example, a project in the Tsotsil language is in the works only because of the use of Spanish. Without the link of Spanish speakers, the door to Tsotsil translation would not be open.
If you feel led to volunteer, head to our volunteer page, read the descriptions, and fill out a volunteer application!