German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent comments on the failure of multiculturalism in Germany have led to a campaign to integrate immigrants.
In October, Merkel gave a speech to the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) addressing the status of multiculturalism in Germany. In her speech to the rising leaders and members of the CDU, she described Germany’s multicultural approach as having “utterly failed.” Germany attempted to live side by side with immigrants, believing that immigrants would eventually leave or disappear, but this didn’t happen.
She said Germany needs to give the appearance of being accepting because the country’s reputation depends on its ability to attract businesses and workers for those businesses. Essentially, she wants immigrant labor but not immigrant culture.
The history of Germany cannot be ignored here, as these statements evoke reverberating images of Nazism. Instead of Jews, however, Muslims are now the targeted people. The largest and most influential group of immigrants in Germany today is Turkish.
Turning toward the immigration problems in America, Americans should take heed of Merkel’s comments. The extremity of stating that multiculturalism has failed should anger Americans, who have never known another form of society.
Teaching immigrants English (or in Germany’s case German) does provide many opportunities and benefits for society, but the destruction of diversity takes integration too far, infringing upon progress. Countries need to strike a balance and integrate rather than indoctrinate members into society.
I can’t help but think about Revelation 5:9: “And they sang a new song: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.'”
God embraces the multiculturalism of his people and shows no favoritism (Acts 10:34), for the body of Christ is made up of many parts (1 Corinthians 12:14-20). Christ did not come to save one particular people; he came to save people.
Instead of accepting and loving one another, we band together to try and make a name for ourselves, building up our individual towers of Babel. We must always remember to humble ourselves before we hastily place ourselves in a position of power over another.
If we relinquish this position of power to God, we soon discover that multiculturalism has not and never will fail.
Andrew Gardner is an undergraduate student in religious studies and history at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
Andrew Gardner holds a PhD in American Religious History and is the author of “Reimagining Zion: A History of the Alliance of Baptists” (Nurturing Faith Publishing).