something different is needed 2 1 journal

Introduction and Alignment

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Rev. 7:9-10 Eastern Standard Version)

Have you ever wondered what heaven will be like? There are a number of descriptions given to us in the Bible. One depiction specifically stands out among the several that exist. In the above passage of Scripture, the disciple named John describes a countless multitude of people who are immensely diverse according to their nationality, tribal affiliation, uniqueness of creation, and language spoken…. In fact, the list of diverse characteristics in the Bible verse is thought to not be an exhaustive list, but one that is infinite in nature.

If heaven is a place of inclusion and diversity, shouldn’t our workplaces similarly be such a place of diverse peoples? Or, is our earthly domain to be so different from our heavenly domain?

How do the Scriptures listed below inform your understanding in regards to the above questions and the complex realities of today’s workplaces?

In the WS1-WS6 devotionals, you will be reading articles from The DeVoe Report and passages from the Bible in an effort to become a more “literary executive.” For WS2, you will read the article titled “Something Different is Needed: Influencing Managers to Avoid Discriminatory Practices,” and also complete a journal entry.

Upon completion of this assignment you should be able to:

  • Integrate the concepts of diversity with an understanding of those same or similar concepts of a Christian worldview.


Background Information

Under the laws enforced by EEOC, it is illegal to discriminate against someone (applicant or employee) because of that person’s race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to retaliate against a person because he or she complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

The law forbids discrimination in every aspect of employment.

~ U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“About EEOC,” n.d.)

The issue of discrimination has been an issue that human resources management have wrestled with in the workplace for a very long time. The article reading selected for this workshop sheds light on the fact that there are differing views for how to address workplace discriminatory practices—especially those illegal and/or unethical practices among management and executive leaders of the organization. Read the article and consider your own workplace or one that you are familiar with. Has the organization attempted to use any one of the suggested solutions found in the article? None of them? Or a different solution altogether? And if a solution was attempted, has it been successful?


  1. Read the Introduction and Alignment, and Background sections.
  2. Read the Scriptures below, shown hyperlinked from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, or use the list to look up the verses from in your favorite Bible version:
    1. Revelation 4:11
    2. John 3:16
    3. Galatians 3:28
    4. 1 Samuel 16:7b
    5. Matthew 6:10
  1. Download The DeVoe Report Spring/Summer 2017 edition.
  2. Read the article “Something Different is Needed: Influencing Managers to Avoid Discriminatory Practices” beginning on page 24 in The DeVoe ReportSpring/Summer 2017 edition, which provides a holistic solution to address the problem of diversity.
  3. Review the article “Executive Literary: Stay Curious, Think Well, Advance Good” beginning on page 68 in The DeVoe Report Fall/Winter 2017 edition, which provides the encouragement for you to become a literary executive.
  4. You are also encouraged to subscribe to The DeVoe Report, if you have not already done so. After subscribing, you will receive new issues of The DeVoe Report via email. You may subscribe by submitting your first name, last name, and email address at the bottom of the website link at [Subscribing to The DeVoe Report is not a requirement for this assessment.]
  5. Complete your WS2 Journal entry.
    1. Review the article “Something Different is Needed: Influencing Managers to Avoid Discriminatory Practices.”
    2. Review the devotional and Scripture reading.
    3. Write a paragraph of 50-100 words for each of the following four questions based on the WS2 reading:
      1. What did you learn?
      2. How did you discover that?
      3. Why is that important?
      4. And, so what? [That is, what are the implications of the learning for practical living?] (Wilson, 2017, p. 70)
    4. Prior to submitting your journal entry, review for correct spelling, word choice, punctuation, and grammar.
    5. Submit your WS2 Journal entry by the final day of the workshop.

Click here to submit your journal entry to the dropbox.

U. S. Equal Opportunity Commission. (n.d.). About EEOC. Retrieved September 30, 2016, from

Wilson, D. (2017, Fall/Winter). Executive literary: Stay curious, think well, advance good. The DeVoe Report, 1(2), 68-71. Retrieved from…

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