The Future Belongs to Multicultural Leaders

Then Pharaoh gave this order: … “Throw every newborn Hebrew boy into the Nile River” … About this time, a … woman from the tribe of Levi … gave birth to a son. She … kept him hidden for three months.  But when she could no longer hide him … she put the baby in [a] basket and laid it among the reeds along the  banks of the Nile River …  Soon Pharaoh’s daughter came down to bathe in the river… When the princess saw the basket among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it for her … 10 [She] adopted him as her own son [and] named him Moses.—Exodus 1:22-2:10, NLT

International adoption has always existed and continues in our time as a form of immigration.  The phenomenon stirs the emotions:  it always begins with the tragedy of parents losing the privilege of raising their child (sometimes because they have lost their own lives). In the majority of cases, it includes an impressive heroism on the part of the adoptive parents.

The life of Moses began with the atrocity of the Pharaoh’s genecide against the Hebrews and includes the herosim of his mother in preserving his life.  The princess of Egypt, who rescued Moses and shared custody of him with his mother, will be seen as admirable or as guilty of the kidnapping of a child, depending on the trajectory of the person who considers the case. International adoption continues to be controversial for many people.

In whatever case, we know that Moses remained loyal to the Hebrew people. In reality, the circumstances of his raising formed in him a multicultural identity. Moses spoke the Egyptian language and understood the culture of the governing class of Egypt.  In Midian, he was taken for an Egyptian (Exodus 2:19).  He also knew the Hebrew language and culture, and later, he married a Midianite woman, learning her language and customs.  His linguistic and cultural skills equipped him greatly for the future leadership that God planned in his destiny.

In today’s multicultural world, where migration has created a permanent mix of races, cultures, and nations, multicultural persons have an indispensable leadership role.  Indeed, business and governmental leadership today demands the ability to move seamlessly between cultures.

Indeed, the future belongs to the multicultural leader, and immigrants who choose such an identity will gain great opportunities.  In international adoptions, the formation of a multicultural identity presents a promising challenging to both parents and children.


Acerca de Joseph Castleberry

A missionary to Latin America for 20 years, I currently serve as president of Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. I am the author of Your Deepest Dream (NavPress, 2012); The Kingdom Net: Learning to Network Like Jesus (Influence Resources, 2013), and The New Pilgrims: How Immigrants are Renewing America's Faith and Values.
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