Connecting to the POWER of PRAYER
Father, thank you that we can abide in you and in your Son Jesus. Please keep us tightly connected so the sap of your love can flow freely into our lives, and through our lives into the lives of others. Amen.
By the year 2001, a minority majority will exist in 226 U.S. counties. California reached a state-wide minority majority in 2000 and Texas will get there by 2010. In less than one life span, Americans who belong to racial and ethnic minority groups—Blacks, Asians, Native Americans, and Hispanics—will outnumber non-Hispanic whites and attain a majority about the year 2050.
Minority strongholds like New Mexico, Hawaii, and the aforementioned counties show us the vanguard of a demographic shift that will transform politics and business over the next fifty years. The specific rapidly-growing areas will be few and far between; we will have some areas in which whites will be a minority and others in which each of the traditional minorities will represent small and foreign-looking groups.
If we plot this on a map, we see a vast half-moon of Hispanic and black populations across the whole southern third of the United States, while huge northern blocks, including some entire states, remain almost exclusively white. More than ever before in North American history, everyone will get a chance to feel what it is like to be a member of a minority group.
In this section of the Fourth Gospel, Jesus attempted to explain to his disciples how they would no longer be majority Jews in their own homeland of Israel, but would become spiritual resident aliens, pilgrims, and strangers on planet earth. To endure the world’s hatred and still offer necessary witness, they had no choice but constant abiding in the vine.
Upon concluding his teaching about the vine and the branches and what that would mean in terms of a minority relationship to surrounding culture, Jesus returned to what he had been saying in the upper room. He referred again to the coming Counselor, the Helper who would make it possible for believers to function as a spiritual minority group.