I've been reading and listening to a lot of stories about the census lately. Most of them focus on the undercount estimates from the 2000 census and the communities that ended up underrepresented.
I know that the census was established in the Constitution of the United States. I know it was established so that as the population grew, there would be an attempt at proportional representation for states in the House of Representatives.
What I don't understand is why it is so important to count a person's ethnicity. If we can put a bi-racial man in the White House and say we don't care about race, why do we count it on the census forms? The answer is obviously that huge pots of money are tied to different ethnic communities based on their population. In what way is that color blind?
The Bible says in Galatians 3:28, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." And in the story of the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus crossed cultural boundaries by speaking with and extending grace and mercy to a woman who was from a 'corrupted' branch of Judaism. That's exactly what He does for us.
So why do we continue to separate from each other? Money? Power?