Don’t be too quick to judge

Published 7:14pm Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The career planning presentation at Selma High by the State School Board and the State Department of Education July 22 was superb.

The speakers, though not from Selma area, envision a prosperous Black Belt. During the reception, I had an experience woth sharing, if only for learning purposes.

Two men walked up to me and after a handshake, asked me where I’m originally from; I proudly said Nigeria. To my amazement, one of the men said, “Every time people say that they are Nigerians, we always think …” He did not finish his statement, but from his expression I deducted where he was coming from and I said, I always deal with people on individual basis, and I will encourage you to start doing so as well.

Amazingly, it was the same person who spoke after lectures on how important it will be for students to learn Asian culture considering the fact Asians are becoming dominant forces in employment. He was right in a way, but we need a comprehensive and magnanimous cultural awareness; it will be wrong to narrow it down just for career purposes only.

Jesus was born in a city of David called Bethlehem, but what he did affects all nations of the world. Look beyond where people are born; look at what they bring to the table. From my perspective, it is risky to be prejudiced when dealing with others who originated from a different nation, state or county.

Cultural adjustment helps us understand why friends or associates from different cultures behave the way they do.

It is worthy to note that residents of most booming cities or entities found ways to work together, regardless if they came from Shechem, Orville or Nigeria. The truth of the matter is that when you value others and their differences, the chances are high that you’ll gain their friendship, admiration, support and respect.

A place could be chosen for greatness but maximizing the greatness may remain far fetched until humility, love and acknowledging God as the creator take center stage. Remember, the humble are always crowned with success. Furthermore, God’s involvement translates to love and not wickedness, and love itself will prop up empathy, forgiveness, sharing or giving which are essential habits of the extremely successful people.

Even in the leadership circles, people who are confident of how God made them and at the same time have high tolerance of other people’s cultures usually excel meaningfully as local, state, national and international leaders. In summary, we’re willing to reason together to good not evil; we’ll remain obedient to heavenly directives; and we’ll eat the good of this land.

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