In`te`gra´tion Pronunciation: ĭn`tė`grā´shŭn
|1.||The act or process of making whole or entire.|
The root of the word "integration" is "integer," and to pull from mathematics definitions, an integer is a whole number. In the context of this discussion, the idea of integration suggests the unification of people across ages, ethnicities, and ideas. It is well known that people generally don't get along very well, tending to be everything from critical to violent against one another's ideals and backgrounds.
Integration is something that is difficult to attain because God caused segregation at the Tower of Babel due to man's sin. Yet, God has given us the ability to become more integrated through believing that his Son came to earth as a perfect baby, that he was crucified, and that he rose again on the third day. The unifying power of this life changing belief is the only way to achieve any integration. One day when Christ has returned from heaven and made a new world for those who love him we will become completely integrated.
Meanwhile, as homemakers we can introduce integration in the form of having our children involved and listening to conversations and discussions with people of various ages and ideas. We can take our children to church to hear the Word of God preached. We can be involved in activities with different ages, ethnicities, ideas etc. We can be involved in our community.
Edith Schaeffer says, "There is an art to what is called in the Bible 'peacemaking', bringing together people of varied ages and backgrounds to help them understand each other...The most real 'something' you can do is within the family unit, as you open it up to others, to a cross-section of ages and peoples, or the gathering together of community life on a small scale."
*This post was co-written with Jeff.