Life is beautiful and imperfect, a source of wonder and a challenge so complex that it’s good to pause from time to time and check our perspective and priorities against eternal truth. Jim Daly’s blog, Daly Focus, is full of daily insight and wisdom that promises to help you navigate today’s culture.
Usually commercials for cereal are pretty run-of-the-mill, but there’s one that recently generated a lot of conversation, and even some controversy. The ad for Cheerios features an adorable little girl, her mom and her dad. Take a look:
That’s right: the noise around this seemingly innocuous commercial centers on the fact that the little girl is biracial, with a white mom and a black dad.
I know racism still exists, but I am still surprised that there were so many hateful remarks connected to the ad on YouTube that Cheerios was forced to turn off the comments section.
As someone who has the honor of working and speaking on behalf of families, this still shocks me. Multicultural and multiethnic families are hardly outside the mainstream. The Washington Post reported the 2012 Census, saying “the number of mixed-race babies has soared over the past decade… More than 7 percent of the 3.5 million children born in the year before the 2010 Census were of two or more races, up from barely 5 percent a decade earlier. The number of children born to black and white couples and to Asian and white couples almost doubled.”
Think about those numbers for a minute. We’re talking about at least 245,000 babies in one year alone having a mixed-race background.
Multicultural and multiethnic families are also created through adoption. Here at Focus, we work hard to increase awareness of adoption from the foster care system through our Wait No More program. We have staff members who have adopted children from places as far away as China. Many of these families are multicultural and multiethnic. They reflect the beauty of the Church, which includes people “from every nation, tribe, people and language.”
Doing marriage and parenting right is challenging enough for any family, and certainly these “melting pot families” can face additional, unique tests. I’ll be praying that the world sees their beauty and gives them the love and support they deserve.
To learn more about “Marriage in the Melting Pot,” visit our online article series on the topic.
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--My late grandfather, a minister, was teaching our Sunday school class many, many years ago. He asked the question, "Should different races marry?" He then proceeded teaching that no where in the Bible does God speak against this. We are to try to please God in our living. Jesus Christ nor God would disapprove of inter-racial marriages. We were all created by Him. It is the burden of society that makes this difficult on those families.
Thank you for your comments on the "controversy" over the Cheerios ad. Various non Christian blogs and websites (often secular) have weighed in on the racist backlash against the ad. However, I think you're the first to bring an evangelical Christian perspective on all this.
You are correct that the Bible affirms that the Church is supposed to consist of people of every race. Naturally, interracial Christian families would be the logical outcome of believers embracing racial diversity personally and corporately.
And think of the witness the Church would make to a world by embracing interracial families. We would demonstrate that through the Gospel people of different races can truly love and respect each other. This message is really needed in today's racial tense culture. (Just look at the responses to the verdict of the George Zimmerman trial.)
Here is a story I think you would like:
"Interracial couple launches site ‘We Are the 15 percent’ in response to Cheerios ad backlash"